VOYA magazine has just revealed their 2011 Nonfiction Honor List and I’m pleased to share that Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration by Shelley Tougas is among the prestigious titles selected for the annual list. Congratulations Shelley!
Only 30 titles are selected for this annual list which the judging committee said “shows that nonfiction is anything but boring.” We couldn’t agree more!
About the title, the committee said:
“Tougas gives a simple and very readable overview of the iconic American civil rights photograph of Elizabeth Eckford and the attempted integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Middle grade readers will identify with Elizabeth’s terrifying journey and learn how a photograph can haunt lives.”
If you’ve been keeping track, you may have noticed that Little Rock Girl 1957 has received a lot of attention and accolades, including: a STARRED review from Booklist, an exclusive spot on Booklist’s 2011 Editor’s Choice list, a STARRED review from School Library Journal, an Association of Educational Publishers’ 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist, as well as making the TriState Young Adult Review Committee’s 2012 Books of Note, and the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s 2011 Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction list.