More great news! Didn’t We Have Fun! by Hilda Robinson and Jeff Kunkel is a finalist for a Book of the Year Award (Picture Book category). This competition run by the folks at ForeWord Magazine is one of the best of the national indie-press recognition programs.
The wonderful book, set in Philadelphia, is a celebration of African-American family life, and features the colorful, jazzy pastels of celebrated artist Hilda Robinson, whose work is prized by collectors and museums around the country.
Hilda paints evocative, vibrant scenes of her own childhood, growing up in a closely-knit African-American neighborhood. The images are so positive, showing a loving view of family life, reading and appreciating books, studying, chores, playground games, church-going, and social events.
It’s so unbelievably hard for a small micro-press like Crickhollow to get recognition, even for books as worthy as Didn’t We Have Fun! – a book we honestly think should be in every public and school library in the country.
Many thanks to the thoughtfulness of the Book of the Year Award judges for this finalist recognition. The winners of the top Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, June 28th.
We hope this fine book will take home a top prize at the ultimate announcement of the winners. But hearty congrats to all the other Book of the Year Award finalists.