I am very (very!) proud to announce that my book, The Fabled Life of Aesop, has been awarded the American Folklore Society's Aesop Award, for excellence in children's literature in 2020. Here's their announcement:
"The Fabled Life of Aesop retells many of Aesop’s most famous stories, but it is much more than just a collection of well-known fables. This collection frames Aesop’s fables with the story of Aesop’s life as a slave who finds power and ultimately freedom through his stories. Connecting the fables that are familiar to nearly everyone with the context of Aesop’s life as a slave who finds stories can help him navigate the precarious life of a slave while still dispensing wisdom to those in power deepens our understanding of not just the stories but their rhetorical purposes.
This book teaches about Aesop, about the ancient world, about power and the power of rhetoric, and does it all with simple stories. Beautifully illustrated in acrylics on wood and watercolor and mixed media, the art echoes the many layers of meaning and art going on in Aesop’s life, his fables, and this wonderful book. The Fabled Life of Aesop is indeed well deserving of the Aesop Prize."
To read more about this award, and to read about the other fantastic books nominated in that category, follow this link: https://childrensfolklore.org/2020-winners/