We’ve sung the praises of John Lewis’ wonderful graphic novel, March on What’cha Reading before. It is beautiful drawn, wonderfully written and an important piece of our history that children should be know about and we adults should not forget.
Now March has been recognized for its quality and importance by the American Library Association. They have awarded it with their Coretta Scott King Honors.
From Top Shelf’s press release:
Top Shelf Productions is both proud and honored to congratulate Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, the creators of March: Book One, on yesterday’s announcement that their graphic novel is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Since 1970, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards have celebrated outstanding books for young people about the African American experience. The honor for March: Book One (the first in a planned trilogy of graphic novels in which Congressman Lewis recounts his astonishing life in the civil rights movement) is only the second time the CSK committee has selected a book in comics format. It marks the first Coretta Scott King honor for Lewis, Aydin, or Powell, as well as for publisher Top Shelf.
March: Book One ended 2013 being listed among the year’s best books by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and many more publications, and was recently selected by comic book retailers to receive Diamond Comic Distributors’ Gem Award as Independent Graphic Novel of the Year. It is currently in its 21st week on the New York Times bestseller list.
For more information or to download the free Teacher’s Guide to March: Book One, please visit www.topshelfcomix.com/march.