She Is The First Latina, And Very First Writer Of Color, To Ever Win The Carnegie Medal
Elizabeth Acevedo is the first Latina and only writer of color to ever win the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
Dominican-American Elizabeth Acevedo has just won the Carnegie Medal for her debut novel, The Poet X, which tells the story of Xiomara, a quiet Dominican girl who joins her school's slam poetry club. Elizabeth, daughter of immigrants and a slam poet herself, is the first Latina and first author of color to ever receive the honor.
The prestigious award recognizes outstanding children's literature and its recipients include authors the likes of C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Neil Gaiman . . .