In mid-January, we were thrilled to learn that our very own Joyce Sidman (pictured above with another of her award-winning books!) had received a Newbery Honor Award for her book, “Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night!” Newbery Awards are given annually to authors of the “most distinguished contributions to American literature for children.”
Joyce is a writer-in-residence with the COMPAS/WAITS Arts Organization of St. Paul & has written articles and reviews for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, and the late Riverbank Review. Her poetry for both children and adults has been widely published, and she won the New Women’s Voices award for her adult book, Like the Air.
At Children’s, Joyce volunteers on Wednesday afternoons in the Malkerson Library, sharing her love of reading with children on the inpatient units. She has volunteered at the hospital for the past nine years, accumulating nearly 1000 hours of service.
Below is an article about Joyce’s Newbery honor that was featured on Minnesota Public Radio: