Andrew Aydin, the Lewis aide, who co-wrote the book, spoke with gratitude about the honor.
“I am deeply grateful for this recognition, and for the opportunity to help John Lewis share his story with a new generation ... ,” Aydin tells Comic Riffs. “The enthusiastic response from readers and librarians has been overwhelming and humbling. I look forward to continuing our work bringing this important story to the page.”
“March: Book One” (Top Shelf) has been critically acclaimed and has topped bestseller lists.
“I am also grateful to Nate Powell,” Aydin notes of the book’s artist, “who brought our words to life with splendor, beauty, and passion.”
“It's an honor every day to collaborate with Congressman Lewis and Andrew, and we're humbled at the recognition and passionate reaction ‘Book One’ has received,” Powell tells Comic Riffs. “There are still two books and several years left to spend at the drawing table — I look forward to the journey and the challenge."
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African American authors and illustrators who created “outstanding books for children and young adults.” The author award went to “P.S. Be Eleven,” by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins). The other Honor Books for author were “Darius & Twig,” by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad) and “Words with Wings,” by Nikki Grimes (WordSong/Highlights).
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” (Little Brown/Hachette), by Daniel Beaty with art by Bryan Collier, was the King Illustrator Book winner. The King Illustrator Honor Book was “Nelson Mandela” (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).
Elsewhere, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award went to “When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop” (Roaring Brook Press), illustrated by Theodore Taylor III; and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to author Patricia and researcher Fredrick McKissack.
As my colleague Ron Charles reported Monday, the ALA announced “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” (Candlewick), by Kate DiCamillo, as the 2014 Newbery Medal winner; and “Locomotive” (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster), by Brian Floca, won the Caldecott Medal as the outstanding American picture book for children.