Orbus Pictus and Charlotte Huck Awards
The National Council of Teachers of English announced the winners of the 2020 book awards that their organization names annually to promote children’s literature.This year’s winners are Room on Our Rock by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton (Kane Miller), which was named the Charlotte Huck Award recipient. This award is for fiction for children ages 3-12, that “transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” The Orbis Pictus award is for nonfiction, and this year’s winner is A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Holiday House).
Every other year, the NCTE recognizes a poet for work for children ages 3-13; this year the recipient is Paul B. Janeczko.
The Charlotte Huck Honor books are Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Sara Palacios (FSG), I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day (HarperCollins), New Kid by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins), Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (HarperCollins), and When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita (Lee & Low).
The Orbis Pictus Honor books are Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island by Jennifer Thermes (Abrams), Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Denise (HarperCollins), Soldier for Equality by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams), 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler (Bloomsbury), and The Poison Eaters by Gail Jarrow (Calkins Creek). www.slj.com/?detailStory=NCTE-names-2020-charlotte-huck-orbis-pictus-award-winners.