Obamas to Produce New Netflix Project Based on Collection Co-Written by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09
Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is partnering with fellow production company Temple Hill to develop the anthology program “Blackout” for Netflix, based on the story collection by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09 and five other bestselling African American young adult authors.
M.F.A. Student Wins Essay Award from the Children’s Literature Association
Amanda Becker, who is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in children’s literature at Hollins, has been honored by a committee of children’s literature scholars for her paper, “A Story in Fragments: An Analysis of Poetry and Perspective in October Mourning,”
Hollins Announces Winner of the 2021 Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature
Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Meg Medina will receive an engraved medal and a $1,000 cash prize for “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” a story of friendship and change illustrated by Sonia Sánchez and published by Candlewick Press.
Friendship, Empowerment Triumph Over Bad Dates in New Picture Book by Children’s Lit Alumna
“Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults” is a hilarious take on dating horror stories in which the title character embarks on 30 bad dates in 30 days. At its core, it’s also a heartwarming tale.
Submission Guidelines Announced for 2021 Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature
The Margaret Wise Brown Prize recognizes the author of the best text for a picture book published during the previous year. Presented annually, the award is a tribute to one of Hollins’ best-known alumnae and one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.
Hollins Announces Winner of the 2020 Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature
Wendy Meddour, an internationally best-selling children’s author whose books have been translated into 18 languages, will receive an engraved medal and a $1,000 cash prize for “Lubna and Pebble,” illustrated by Daniel Egnéus and published by Dial Books.
M.F.A. Student Selected As “We Need Diverse Books” Mentee
Donald A.D. Sutton, an aspiring author and illustrator who is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, is one of ten book creators chosen to take part in the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program for 2020.
New Book by MFA Grads Supports Local Early Literacy Initiative
Copies of “Slow Time, Hush Time” by Jennifer Wood M.F.A. ’19 and Lucinda Rowe M.F.A. ’19, both alumnae of the university’s graduate programs in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, will be distributed for free to new mothers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Submission Deadline for 2020 Margaret Wise Brown Prize is January 15
Presented annually, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize recognizes the author of the best text for a picture book published during the previous year. The award is a tribute to one of Hollins University’s best-known alumnae and one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.
Netflix To Feature YA Drama Based On Hollins Author’s Novel
The Internet TV network has ordered 10 episodes of “Tiny Pretty Things,” an hour-long series based on the book by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09 and Sona Charaipotra. The show is scheduled to premiere in 2020.
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