Friday, October 23, 2015

HUNGRY JOHNNY is Amongst the 2015 Winners at Wordcraft Circle

Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers was founded in 1992. Yesterday, they announced the 2015 Wordcraft Circle Honors and Awards.

Among them are ones I've written about here on American Indians in Children's Literature, and ones for which reviews are still in process. Do look at the complete list for items to add to the adult shelves of your library.

I hope that librarians across the U.S. get copies of the award winning books. These books celebrate Native life and lifeways, showing the realities of who we are, but infusing those realities with love and the perseverance that characterizes us as a people.

Congratulations to the winners and their loved ones!

There are two winners in the picture book category. I'm not part of the deliberations but can imagine them reading the two books and thinking both were so strong that they couldn't select just one!

Hungry Johnny, written by Cheryl Minnema, illustrated by Wesley Ballinger, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Sweetest Kulu, written by Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis, published by Inhabit Media.



In the middle grades category is Tim Tingle's No Name, published by 7th Generation.




In the Graphic Novel category is Richard Van Camp's Three Feathers, illustrated by Krystal Mateus.





In the Trade Paperback category: Volume 2 of Arigon Starr's Super Indian, published by Wacky Productions Unlimited.




In the Comic Book category: We Speak in Secret by Roy Boney Jr., published by INC Comics.



In the Editor's Category: Lisa Charleyboy, for Dreaming in Indian, published by Annick Press.



The Pathfinder Award is a new category, given to the writer who is "pushing the boundaries of Indigenous literature." Erika Wurth received that award for Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, published by




Repeating what I said earlier... Librarians and teachers! Get these books. Native kids you work with will find their lives affirmed. Non-Native kids you work with will have that much talked about window into Native life.


1 comment:

Kacy Helwick said...

Thanks for this post! I have most of these at my library already because of your reviews, and I will be getting the additional award winners when my ordering opens back up for 2016.