The joyful story of a young boy’s trip to the barbershop, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, swept the 2018 children’s book awards, winning the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Ezra Jack Keats Award and Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Honors. Described by Kirkus as “one of the best reads for young black boys in years,” Crown uses poetic text and vibrant illustrations to show how a fresh cut can help a boy feel like a king.
In celebration of Black History Month, author Derrick Barnes will discuss his award winning book and answer questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will follow.
Barnes's visit coincides with Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, an exhibit of picture book art from the NCCIL Museum which includes artwork from books that have won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award over the past 50 years. The CSK awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The exhibit will be on display at Richland Library and the Columbia Museum of Art from February 15 – April 26, 2019.
Find more events celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards and exhibit, here.