2015 CABA Winner
Are ethnic cleansing and large-scale violence against civilians a topic that can be raised with readers between eight and twelve years of age? Pinkney and Evans’ The Red Pencil shows that this is indeed possible. Their brilliant rendering of the large-scale violence that took place in Sudan’s westernmost province of Darfur in the years following 2003 respects both the sensibilities of young readers and the dignity of the victims. The Red Pencil is in all aspects a remarkable achievement…
The Red Pencil is published by Little, Brown and Company
Meet The Winners
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 books for children, including Bird in a Box and several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, and Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY. Her website is andreadavispinkney.com.
Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which won a Coretta Scott King award, and Nobody Gonna Turn Me Round, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His website is ShaneEvans.com.