Elizabeth Zunon to Speak to the Guild
The Guild's February 15 luncheon speaker will be illustrator Elizabeth Zunon. Zunon was born in Albany, NY, but spent her childhood in her father’s home country, Ivory Coast. She describes the bright colors that surrounded her in Ivory Coast as a great influence on her art. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Zunon worked in New York, where she began attending meetings and events sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. There she met her agent and landed her first contract, to illustrate the picture book My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey, by Jeanne Walker Harvey.
She has illustrated several other picture-book biographies, including The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, by Carole Boston Weatherford, and A President from Hawaii, by Dr. Carolan and Joanna F. Carolan. Zunon has also illustrated two Children’s Africana Book Award winners: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, by Miranda Paul; and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, which is Kamkwamba's memoir of his life as a 14-year-old inventor. Her latest book project, Grandpa Cacao, is the first she has both authored and illustrated. Scheduled by Bloomsbury for release in May 2019, it tells the story of Zunon's grandfather and his Ivory Coast plantation.
The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., has selected Phillip Hoose as its 2018 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award, given annually since 1977, honors authors or illustrators whose total work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children. Hoose will be honored at a Children’s Build Guild Award Luncheon on April 7, 2018, at Clyde's Restaurant of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets are now available.
Hoose’s books explore important topics through protagonists whose stories compel readers “to turn to the next page because they want to know what’s going to happen to someone or something they care about,” Hoose told Book Links. His protagonists range from teenagers like Claudette Colvin and Knud Pederson to the tiny red knot bird and the great ivory billed woodpecker. “I like to find stories that have not been told that I think will inspire young readers,” says Hoose.
Hoose has won numerous honors for individual books. Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice, the story of an impassioned teenager who refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, won the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards. Hoose won another Robert F. Sibert Honor Award for his most recent title, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and The Churchill Club, the story of teens who challenged the German occupation of Denmark.