Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu, is a picture book biography of 19th-century mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace, widely considered the world’s first computer programmer. As Lovelace writes an algorithm to demonstrate the problem-solving capacities of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, “the descriptive text and dazzling spreads work seamlessly to provide a sense of Lovelace’s growing passion for mathematics and invention.” (School Library Journal)
Audacity, a young adult novel by Melanie Crowder, is inspired by the life of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, a labor activist and leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Written in verse, Audacity has already scooped up an impressive list of starred reviews and honors, including an American Library Association Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. A 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist, Audacity’s “verses spit out Clara’s rage, cradle her longing and soar like the birds that are her constant companions.” (Bookpage)
The Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by children’s book authors and illustrators to honor outstanding books by their peers. To view the full list of this year’s winners, visit https://www.scbwi.org/2016-crystal-kite-awards-announced/.