Winners of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Named

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Committee of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association has announced the winner and honor books of 2006. These awards honor and recognize individual works published in 2004 and 2005 about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritages based on literary and artistic merit.

Young adult title winner: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Antheneum, 2004)(author interview)(excerpt). The honor books were: Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park (Clarion, 2005)(author interview); Shanghai Messenger by Andrea Cheng (Lee & Low, 2005).

Young readers illustration only: The Firekeeper’s Son by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing (Clarion, 2004). The honor books were Bread Song by Frederick Lipp, illustrated by Jason Gaillard (Mondo, 2004); Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds by Paula Yoo, illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low, 2005)(excerpt).

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA).