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’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.
Author of Origami Yoda Speaks to the Guild
Author Tom Angleberger spoke at the Guild's monthly luncheon meeting on Thursday, September 14th.
Tom is a prolific author, best known for his bestselling Origami Yoda series. He is also the author of several other series including the Quikpick Papers, Rocket and Groot, and Inspector Flytrap. His other juvenile fiction books include Fuzzy, Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache, and his picture books include McToad Mows Tiny Island and Crankee Doodle.Tom’s books are full of trademark silliness and humor. “I’m not necessicarly all that creative,” he says. "I’m more of a puzzle putter together. I take all these litter puzzle pieces -- Yoda, middle school problems, Cheetos -- and I fuss and fuss with them until I fit them together.”
Originally a newspaper reporter, Tom is now a full-time children’s book writer. He and his wife, illustrator Cece Bell, live in Christiansburg, Virginia.