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2014 Judge: Vaunda Nelson

A children’s librarian and author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson blames her life in books on a mother and father who read relentlessly to her. Through her work she hopes to give young people some of what her parents gave her — opportunities to grow through story. Nelson’s No Crystal Stair came out on top in last year’s SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books, won the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and a 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She received the 2010 CSK Author Award for Bad News for Outlaws and has served on Newbery and Caldecott award committees.


  1. Oh, Yes!

  2. Hooray! I love reading her books!

  3. FANTASTIC choice!!!

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