Okay, folks, it’s time to talk about awards. Why? do you ask? Well, because Christopher Paul Curtis, author of #47 on our list, Bud, Not Buddy, is a brilliant author and award-worthy. When I picked up this book at my local library, I couldn’t help but notice the smattering of award notations on the outside and inside covers. First of all, this novel won the Newbery award in 2000, an award presented yearly to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Kind of a big deal, y’all. Bud, Not Buddy was also the winner of the Coretta Scott King award in 2000, an award given to “African American authors for outstanding inspiration and educational contributions” and was designed and put into motion in order to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also a big deal.
Last but not least, I have to mention that this novel also won the William Allen White award in the year 2002. For all your non-Kansans out there, let me tell you a little bit about this award. The award is given to 2 books each year (fiction or non-fiction), one which falls in the 3rd through 5th grade level and the other of which falls in the 6th through 8th grade level. The shortlist is chosen by an official awards committee, but the winners themselves are chosen by the students of the state of Kansas. The award began in 1952 and is intended to honor the life and works of William Allen White, one of the most distinguished Kansas citizens and a huge advocate of libraries, reading and learning in general.
All that to say that Bud, Not Buddy is obviously a book worth checking out.
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Originally published in 1999