Posted on June 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Jason Reynolds has a new honor to add to an ever-growing list: Carnegie Medal winner.

The award is the oldest honor for children’s literature in the United Kingdom; it was granted to his story collection Look Both Ways.

Reynolds had heard it said in the past that his stories were “too American” for British audiences, according to the Guardian, and he sees the Carnegie award as a resounding debunking of that claim.

Look Both Ways comprises ten interconnected stories about children walking home from school and tackling such issues as bullying, homophobia, and bereavement.

Reynolds’s US honors include his current terms as the honorary chair of 2021's Banned Books Week and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, plus two finalist mentions for the National Book Awards.

Among his dozen books are two of 2020’s most challenged titles, All American Boys and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

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