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(US) African Studies Association <firstname.lastname@example.org.> African Studies Association Announces Children's Africana Book Award Winners New Brunswick, NJ- August 9, 2001-The African Studies Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2001 Children's Africana Book Award. The ASA presents the Children's Africana Book Award to the outstanding authors and illustrators of the best books about Africa written for young children and older readers. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Thursday, October 11, 2001, at 5:00 pm at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The 2001 Children's Africana Book Award winners are: Young Children Category: Margy Burns Knight, Mark Melnicove, Anne Sibley O'Brien (illus.), Africa is Not a Country (Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, Inc., 2000). Older Readers Category: Sylviane Anna Diouf, Kings and Queens of West Africa (New York: Franklin Watts / Grolier Publishing, 2000). The honor books are: Cristina Kessler and Walter Lyon Krudop (illus.). My Great-Grandmother's Gourd. (New York: Orchard Books/Grolier, 2000) Tololwa Mollel and Linda Saport (illus.) Subira Surbira. New York: Clarion (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000). A distinguished award committee, chaired by Brenda Randolph of Africa Access, selected the winning books and honor books from dozens of entries. Speaking for the committee, Randolph praised Kings and Queens of West Africa stating, "In Kings and Queens of West Africa, author Sylviane Diouf highlights the goals and strategies of West African monarchs who were a cut above the ordinary. As she ably shows, these leaders were concerned not only with power and expansion but also with the governance, protection and cultural strength of their communities. This book and the other biographies in the Kings and Queens of Africa series fill an important void in school libraries." About the winner in the Young Readers Category, Randolph noted, "Africa has over fifty nations but most Americans see it as a single entity. Africa is Not a Country corrects this error by highlighting unique characteristics of various African nations. This book is an excellent way to show the diversity and complexity of the world's second largest continent." The Library of Congress is hosting the First Annual ASA Children's Africana Book Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 pm at its Mary Pickford Theater. The organizers for the event include the African Studies Association, the African and Middle Eastern Section of the Library of Congress, the Center for the Book, and Africa Access. During the ceremony the newly designed Children's Africana Book Award seal will be unveiled. The Children's Africana Book Awards were established in 1991 by the African Studies Association to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children's materials on Africa. The awards focus specifically on books published in the United States about Africa. Since 1991, more than 18 awards have been presented to outstanding authors and illustrators. The African Studies Association is a non-profit corporation founded in 1957 and open to all persons and institutions interested in African affairs. The goals of the organization are to bring together persons with scholarly and professional interest in Africa, to provide useful services to schools, businesses, media, and communities at large, to publish and distribute scholarly materials on Africa and to promote the study of Africa. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Brenda Randolph, Director, Africa Access, P.O. Box 5384 Takoma Park, MD 20913; Phone/Fax (301) 587-5686; Email: <AfricaAccess@aol.com>; Web: <http://www.africaaccessreview.org/>