Children’s Africana Book Awards

Join us  for the CABA Festival 2015

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
         950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

Saturday, October 24, 2015   11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public        Registration Requested


Awards Ceremony 11:00 – Honoring Andrea Pinkney

Music by the Legendary Alkabli

Family Activities 11:30 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Storytelling with Diane Macklin
  • Make a Book
  • Henna Painting, Sudanese Style
  • Arabic Calligraphy
  • Book Sale and Signing
  • Refreshments

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…
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The Red Pencil is published by Little, Brown and Company

Meet The Winners

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney, Author

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

Shane W. Evans

Shane W. Evans, Illustrator

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