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2018-2019 Lunchtime Lecture Series Schedule.

Elizabeth Acevedo To Speak at the Guild's February 21st Lunchtime Lecture

Elizabeth AcevedoOn February 21, through storytelling and poetry, Elizabeth Acevedo will share her journey to becoming a National Poetry Slam champion and National Book Award winner. This intimate talk will allow for a behind-the-scenes look into what inspired her writing and how she uses her writing to inspire young people to speak up and take up space. We all know the saying “children are the future,” but Acevedo asks, what if we empowered them by remembering that they are the right now?

Cover of The Poet XAcevedo won the 2018 National Book Award, the 2019 Walter Award, the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award, and the 2019 Pura Belpré Award for her debut novel, The Poet X.

A Kirkus reviewer had this to say: "Poetry helps first-generation Dominican-American teen Xiomara Batista come into her own…. Themes as diverse as growing up first-generation American, Latinx culture, sizeism, music, burgeoning sexuality, and the power of the written and spoken word are all explored with nuance. Poignant and real, beautiful and intense, this story of a girl struggling to define herself is as powerful as Xiomara's name: 'one who is ready for war.'"

 Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation, wrote that the book “crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice.”

Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, added, “Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.”

Join us for what is sure to be a stimulating lecture. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

RSVP for the luncheon now!


A cornucopia of honors for Guild members during this award season – with Meg Medina winning the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suarez Changes Gears. Erica S. Perl’s All Three Stooges won the 2018 National Jewish Book Award and a Sydney Taylor Honor. Jacqueline Jules’s Light the Menorah is a 2019 Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Minh Lê won the Asian/Pacific American Picture Book Award for Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat. Maria Salvadore received the 2019 Association of Library Services Distinguished Service Award and Mary Amato received the 2019 William G. Wilson Maryland Author Award from the Maryland Library Association. 

 Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg MedinaAll Three Stooges by Erica PerlLight the Menorah by Jacqueline JulesDrawn Together by Minh Le

Carole Boston Weatherford
2019 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award Winner

carole boston weatherfordThe Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., has selected Carole Boston Weatherford as its 2019 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.

Weatherford’s books introduce individuals and subjects through careful research, often using different poetic styles to engage young readers. While some of her books tell the stories of famous figures such as Lena Horne and Billie Holiday, she also brings lesser known people such as photographer Gordon Parks and race car driver Wendell Scott to a wider audience. Though she writes on many topics, Weatherford’s work often showcases the breadth and depth of African-American history, from the 1700’s to the present day.

Weatherford has won numerous honors for her individual books. Freedom in Congo Square won a Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text. Weatherford also won a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement and the 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award for Schomberg: The Man Who Built a Library.

Carole Boston Weatherford books

Nonfiction Award Committee member Cecilia Cackley was particularly impressed by the text in Weatherford’s picture books. “Whether she is writing in rhyming poetry, free verse or rhythmic prose, she has great respect for the child audience and doesn’t talk down to the reader, even when writing about difficult topics.”

Weatherford will be honored at a Children’s Book Guild Award Luncheon on May 11, 2019, at Clyde’s Restaurant of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are $36.  RSVP and pay.



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