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American Library Association Honors McKissack Once Again

Children’s author Patricia McKissack takes home her ninth Coretta Scott King honor

January 24, 2012 Yesterday at a ceremony in Dallas, the American Library Association announced the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King awards for children’s literature. Nashville native Patricia C. McKissack has won a prestigious Corretta Scott King Honor Book Award for her children’s picture book, Never Forgotten,” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. The awards were announced here. This is McKissack’s ninth– you read that right: the ninth–time to be recognized by a Coretta Scott King Author Award or Honor Book Award. Earlier winning titles include A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (1990), The Dark-Thirty (1993), Sojourner Truth (1993), Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (1995), Black Diamond (1995), Rebels Against Slavery (1997), Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers (2000), and Days of Jubilee (2004).