THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR Author Nicola Yoon Wins John Steptoe Award for New Talent
At this past weekend’s 48th annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards in Chicago, Random House Children’s Books author Nicola Yoonwon the John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR(Delacorte Press). In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Yoon spoke of how books for young readers can (and need to) be mirrors. “When I was growing up, I didn’t see a lot of characters that looked like me,” she said. “I didn’t know that my interior life mattered….” It’s important to recognize that “we are more than a stereotype. We are more than the struggle. We get to have joy.”
Congratulations to Ms. Yoon, her editor and the publishing teams at Random House Children’s Books and Delacorte.
The Steptoe Award was established by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, was also a National Book Award Finalist, a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2016.