The Street Literature Book Award Medal (SLBAM) Committee has reconvened to confer 2013 awards for the best in library readers' choices for urban literature.
The categories are:
ADULT NON FICTION
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Educators: Feel free to email Vanessa Irvin Morris any titles and/or authors that have been well received by your library readers or students, and your titles will be sent to the Committee.
Awards will be announced March 2014. Visit the awards page for more past winners and honorees.
Akua Naru is the premiere female Hip Hop artist in Europe. She's from the inner-cities of the U.S., and she travels the world telling stories of reality and justice that we all can relate to. I am sharing this video because for street lit / urban fiction readers and fans, it's important that hip hop - authentic, original, cool, gritty, jazzy, hip hop, is still alive and well. Akua Naru's work definitely fits that bill. Listen to her 10-minute interview to learn more about her work and why she does what she does - as an American woman traveling the world telling her story. Where in the world is Akua Narua (right now)? Lagos, Nigeria.
SAN FRANCISCO — In the Margins Book Award and Selection
Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth
in Custody (LYSC) selected their first list of 25 titles and a top 10.
The 2014 top ten are:
Asante, M.K. Buck: a Memoir. Spiegel & Grau. August
2013. 272p. HC $25.00. ISBN 9780812993417.
Jones, Marilyn Denise. From Crack to College and Vice
Versa. May 2013. 105p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9780989427401.
Langan, Paul.Survivor. Townsend Press. January 2013. 138p. PB $5.95. ISBN
McKay, Sharon E. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel.
Illustrated by Lafance, Daniel.Annick
Press. February 2013. PB $18.95. ISBN 9781554514885.
McVoy, Terra Elan. Criminal.Simon Pulse. May, 2013. 288p. HC $16.99. ISBN
Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
Candlewick. March 2013. 260p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9780763658595.
Nussbaum, Susan. Good Kings, Bad Kings. Algonquin Books.
November 2013. 304p. PB $14.95.ISBN
Rivera, Jeff. No Matter What. CreateSpace. October 2013.
112p. PB $5.38. ISBN 9781493544141.
Ryan, Darlene. Pieces of Me. Orca Book Publishers.
September 2012. 240p. PB $12.95. ISBN 9781459800809.
Young, Pamela Samuels. Anybody’s Daughter. Goldman House
Publishing.October 2013. 374p. PB
$16.99. ISBN 9780989293501.
"We are pleased with the founding of this list and
our efforts of the first year. We have a great list, bringing to national
attention books that are new finds and not widely publicized in the library
world along with standout books of the year” said Amy Cheney, chair of In the
Margins Book Award and Selection committee. “The committee members and I are
excited to share these books with you for teens living and interested in the
margins of society."
Annotations, the full list of 25 titlesand more information on the committee and
selections can be found at:
Please be on the lookout for Amy Cheney’s column YA
Underground in School Library Journal2/19/14 for more details and an inside view.
ITM identifies quality, age appropriate resources for
librarians and library workers to share with the teens in lockdown, homeless
shelters and other non-traditional venues for teens living in the margins.
Founding Members of the 2014 In the Margins Book Award
and Selection Committee:
Chair: Amy Cheney, Juvenile Justice Center, Alameda
County, CA Administrative Assistant: Amy Wander Lafayette Public Library, LA
Katie MacBride, Mill Valley Public Library & Marin County Juvenile Hall, CA
Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, Galveston County, TX Viola Dyas, Retired, Teen
Services Librarian, Berkeley Public Library, CA Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein,
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Tennessee, TN.
I found out about this initiative from a colleague. It's a really fantastic model - a Hip Hop library!
Here are my favorite quotes from the story:
‘The more you read, the iller you’ll be as an emcee,’” said Rodrigo
Venegas, aka Rodstarz, one-third of the rap crew, Rebel Diaz, and a
founding member of the cultural collective with an activist bent.
"... the collective is trying to convince these young people that the slickest rhymers are often also the sharpest readers."
“We are what we eat — but we’re also what we read,” said Claudia De la Cruz, a collective member."