Toledo author among finalists for Ohioana Book Awards

May 19 – Toledo’s Mildred D. Taylor is among 30 authors named as finalists for the Ohioana Book Awards.

Ms. Taylor is in the middle class / youth literature category for her 10th book, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come. It is the fifth and final book in her Logan family saga to feature her Newbery Medal-winning role of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The saga centered on a family rooted in Mississippi during the civil rights movement.

Ms. Taylor, who grew up in Toledo and graduated from Scott High School and the University of Toledo, is an in-depth writer with multiple awards and honors on her behalf. These include the John Newbery Medal in 1977, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards for the Older Children’s Book in 1996, the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors in 1998, 1991, and 2002, and the Children’s Literature Legacy Award in Year 2021.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Ohioana Books Award. The first prize was awarded in 1942 by the Ohioana Library. The award recognizes Ohio authors and illustrators in five categories: fiction, poetry, youth literature, middle school / young adult literature, and non-fiction. The winners will be announced in July.

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