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The 67th National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
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Congressman John Lewis’ week is off to a great start. It was announced Monday morning that the noted civil rights activist—and best-selling graphic novelist—has received four prizes for the third installation in his highly acclaimed March trilogy.

March: Book Three, which focuses on the U.S. representative’s civil rights activism in the early ’60s, was awarded not only the Coretta Scott King Award for best children’s book by an African-American and the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult’s literature but also the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

The congressman accepted the YALSA Nonfiction Award on behalf of himself, co-writer Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell in Atlanta, Monday afternoon.

“I’m delighted and honored that America’s librarians are supporting March with these awards,” said Congressman Lewis in a statement. “I love books and I love librarians. When I was growing up I tried to read every single thing I could. I hope these awards will help inspire all of our young people — and some of us not so young — to read, to learn, and to act. March is a guidebook reminding us that we all must speak up and stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just.”

This follows Lewis, Aydin, and Powell’s National Book Award win late last year. The congressman will also be the subject of a PBS documentary set to air on Feb. 10.

March: Book Three is currently available for purchase online and in stores.

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