The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children—a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.
Author Angela Shanté gives an acceptance speech for When My Cousins Come to Town, illustrated by Keisha Morris (West Margin Press)
Kao Kalia Yang
Author Kao Kalia Yang gives an acceptance speech for From the Tops of the Trees, illustrated by Rachel Wada (Carolrhoda Books)
Illustrator Nikkolas Smith gives an acceptance speech for The 1619 Project: Born on the Water; written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson (Kokila)
Illustrator Rachel Wada gives an acceptance speech for From the Tops of the Trees; written by Kao Kalia Yang (Carolrhoda Books)
Eric Fan and Terry Fan
The Fan Brothers give an acceptance speech and description of their process for It Fell From the Sky (Simon & Schuster)