Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book News: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Co-Founder Dies

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Co-founder Dies at 87
Mabel R. McKissick, cofounder of the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Awards, died March 20 at the Bridebrook Rehabilitation Center in Niantic, CT. She was 87.
The idea for an award that recognizes African-American authors and illustrators of children’s books came about in 1969, when McKissick and Glyndon Greer, both school librarians, were attending a library association conference in New Jersey. They happened to talk about their disappointment that no such award existed with John Carroll, a publisher and conference exhibitor. He suggested that they do something about it—and they did. More