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Who Wins?
W     e’re very pleased to welcome the acceptance speeches for the
Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards to our annual
ALA Awards issue, and offer congratulations to winners Kadir
Nelson and Floyd Cooper. This year marks the fortieth anniver-
sary of these awards, established in 1970 to honor African Ameri-
can authors and illustrators for “an outstandingly inspirational
and educational contribution” and sponsored by ALA’s Ethnic
and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).
   The rules for the CSK awards regularly provoke debate; the
Horn Book last hosted such in 2001, with Marc Aronson’s article
“Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes,” published in the
May/June issue, followed by rejoinders in September/October
from Andrea Davis Pinkney, Virginia Hamilton, and Rudine Sims
Bishop, among others. The children’s book blogosphere has
taken the discussion up at least twice in the last six months,
sparked back in January by Chicago writer and teacher Esme
Raji Codell (at planetesme.blogspot.com) and most recently by
“Editorial Anonymous,” a children’s book editor, heavily dis-
guised (editorial
				
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