The American Library Association announced Monday that a comic novel has been awarded the 2020 John Newbery Medal for its outstanding contribution to children’s literature,media reported. Jerry Craft’s comic novel “New Kid” is reported to tell the uplifting story of a 12-year-old African-American boy living in Washington Heights, New York, who attends an art school.
In the story, the boy’s parents sent him to a private school, where he became one of the only students of color.
“I hope that the new Book of New Kid will make African-American children proudly claim to be African-American children, and that other children can embrace them through this book,” Crfat wrote of his cartoons in 2019. “
Since 1922, the Newbury Prize has been dedicated to selecting the best young literary work. The award affects recommendations from teachers and librarians, and often increases sales of the book.
In addition to the latest Newbury Award, “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award, an award for African-American writers and illustrators.
Readers and fans have sent tributes on social media platforms, reminding people that comics are not just entertainment, they are a literary work worth reading.