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American Library Association's 1991 awards

American Library Association’s 1991 awards — ”Black and White,” ”Maniac Magee,” and others are honored with the ALA’s prestigious medals

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How did David Macaulay feel when he heard that his innovative Black and White had won the American Library Association’s 1991 Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration? ”Stunned,” he says. ”I think it was a gutsy choice. Usually the crazy stuff doesn’t make it in the jury process.” The book, which cleverly depicts four separate journeys happening at the same time, took only eight months to write and illustrate, says the 44-year-old Macaulay, ”but the idea has been kicking around in my head for the last seven or eight years, and I tried it many, many times.” Other 1991 ALA winners (announced at the group’s Jan. 14 meeting in Chicago) included Jerry Spinelli, whose Maniac Magee, received the prestigious Newbery award for writing, and illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon, whose work on Aida won one of two Coretta Scott King awards honoring African-American artists and writers. The other King award went to Mildred D. Taylor for The Road to Memphis. This is the third King award for Taylor, whose Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newbery in 1977. Memphis continues the saga of the Logans, a proud black family living in the South. ”What I set out to do was to create a family that people could identify with,” says Taylor, who weaves her novels around family stories she heard as a child in Toledo, Ohio. She says she never expected the acclaim her writing has received: ”This has gone beyond my wildest expectations.”

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