John Steptoe Award

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 in Art, Awards, Books, Illustration, Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Today is one of the best days of my life. This morning at 8AM I received a phone call from The Coretta Scott King Committee to inform me that I am this year’s winner of the John Steptoe Award for New Talent (first female to ever win)! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am. I can’t stop laughing. Thanks to Zetta Elliott for such inspiring text, and thanks to my editor, Jennifer Fox for trusting me with such a special story. Thanks to my friends for all their encouragement and advice. And thanks to Robin Smith and the members of the CSK Award committee for bestowing me with such an honor.

Now, who’s meeting me for cupcakes today??

24 Comments

  1. Nicole
    January 26, 2009

    Congratulations!!! This is a thrill! I’ll have a cupcake in your honor!!

    Hugs,
    nicole

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  2. admin
    January 26, 2009

    🙂 Thanks Nicole!

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  3. Yolanda
    January 26, 2009

    Congratulations Shadra!
    That is wonderful news.

    Please have a cupcake for me… I have a brownie here so I’ll eat that.

    Onward and upward kiddo!

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  4. Renee (Yolanda's mom)
    January 26, 2009

    I am so proud of you Shadra! Congrats! I will eat a cupcake in your honor!

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  5. AdamK
    January 26, 2009

    Shadra!!!!
    That is Awesome!!
    You deserve it. Man, It makes me happy to see people’s hard work paying off.
    I’ll buy you 2 cupcakes!
    Wow, Wow, wow!

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  6. Sasha
    January 26, 2009

    Nice! Congratst. Now, when r you going to start on my book idea?

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  7. Katia Evans
    January 26, 2009

    I will meet you for a cupcake and beverage. I am SOOO happy for you!

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  8. Taeeun
    January 26, 2009

    Wonderful!!!! Congratulations over and over again!
    You did beautiful job and deserve well of the award.
    I am so coming for cupcake!

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  9. Jacqueline Woodson
    January 26, 2009

    Go Shadra!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So VERY excited for you and your beautiful work!

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  10. Reuben Negron
    January 26, 2009

    Oh my god, that is such fantastic news!!! I’m so happy for you Shadra, you deserve it!

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  11. Sarah
    January 26, 2009

    Wow! Congratulations and well deserved!!

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  12. lauren castillo
    January 26, 2009

    What an AWESOME day!!!! Huge congratulations S!

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  13. admin
    January 26, 2009

    Thanks everyone!!! Looks like no work gets done today *chuckle*

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  14. fay ryu
    January 26, 2009

    congrads shadra!!! that is awesome, and you so deserve it! yay!

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  15. daniel lim
    January 26, 2009

    GO SHADRA! THATS SOME BIGGGGGG NEWS!

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  16. Annika
    January 26, 2009

    How great you are! Many congratulations from Sweden!! Grattis! (Congrats in Swedish… 🙂 )

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  17. Michael S.
    January 26, 2009

    Congrats! Congrats!! Congrats!!! Congrats!!!!

    I can go for a whole case of cupcakes!!!

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  18. Serena Wills
    January 26, 2009

    I’m so happy for you Shadra!!!! Big things in 2009! You’re such and inspiration!!!! Keep it up girlfriend!

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  19. Cleo Strickland
    January 26, 2009

    Congratulations Shadra, your passion for art has been rewarded. You are a wonderful role model to our youth and a beautiful person. May all your dreams come true.

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  20. Zetta
    January 26, 2009

    You must be tired…thank you again for being so generous at a moment when you’re supposed to milk others’ generosity…you’re not a milker, I know. We never did have cupcakes, so let’s make a date to do that–Billy’s? Sweet dreams, friend…next stop: Caldecott…

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  21. Aunt Kathy
    January 27, 2009

    Shadra, congratulations!!!!! As usual, I am not surprised. You are extremely talented and you deserve this award. I am as always, very proud of you. I’ll have a lowfat blueberry muffin from Starbucks. Here’s to you!!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  22. Bobbie Frost
    January 27, 2009

    Shadra,

    I am proud of you but I am not surprised!! I am so happy that your talent is being recognized and rewarded. Keep up the great work!

    I’ll go all the way—I’ll have a couple of cupcakes.

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  23. Anuj
    January 28, 2009

    OMG, that is dope!!! Congratulations! You totally deserve it, queen! Unfortunately I can’t give you a cupcake cuz I ate them all. Mad kudos, friend…

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  24. Auntie
    January 29, 2009

    Congratulations and Kudos for a job well done!!!
    You deserve it!!! Glad to know they recognize a talented young woman!!
    This is just the beginning of many more to come! I’ll join you in eating a cupcake!

    Luv,
    Auntie

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