Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Becky and I am here to share with you my next selection of a book that I feel should be considered for the Newbery Award. In case you’re not familiar with the award it is a award given out annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution for children’s literature. Book considered for this award must be aimed at an audience from birth to 14 years of age.
Title: Betty Before X
Author: Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
Summary: “Betty Before X” tells the story of Dr. Betty Shabazz childhood in Detroit during the 1940s. Betty’s story features difficulties she had at home including a difficult relationship with her mother as well as Betty’s introduction to the civil rights movement.
Newbery Consideration: The book, co-written by Shabazz’s daughter, explores segregation and the emerging civil rights movement. In particular, Shabazz and Watson focus on how children were involved in the movement. The story feels relevant and impactful while illustrating how a single individual can help bring change. It is exactly the kind of book which the Newbery committee like to honor.