Thoughts on the Debut Author/Illustrator

School Library Journal’s, Elizabeth Bird, celebrates experienced author, Jackie Woodson, on her “Brown Girl Dreaming” for being honored with The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

The fact that a deserving book (one might call it “the” deserving book of the year) won was enormously satisfying.  Of course, Ms. Woodson’s not exactly the new kid on the block.  She’s been writing for decades, her style growing sharper, her focus more concentrated.

Bird then shows side-by-side research to see how many debut authors and illustrators win big awards. Who wins out? Debut authors and illustrators, or authors and illustrators with a long history of honing the craft?

Find out here on the School Library Journal blog!


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