Eastern Shore author, illustrator nominated for NAACP Image award

(Delmarvanow.com)-- A children's book written and illustrated by a young woman who grew up in Accomack County has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Vashti Harrison's debut children's picture book, "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History," is one of five books nominated for an award in the category "Outstanding Literary Work - Children."

Harrison, 29, grew up in Onley and graduated from Nandua High School in 2006.

The book, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is set to be released Dec. 5.

It introduces young readers to 40 black women who impacted American history in fields ranging from science to politics, the arts and more.

The book is geared towards readers age 8 and up, but the message it delivers is for all ages — that we should celebrate and honor these women who helped change the world.

It features well-known icons of black history, such as author Maya Angelou and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, along with lesser-known figures including pilot Bessie Coleman and filmmaker Julie Dash.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors, according to a news release.

Harrison is in good company among the other nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards, who include Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Anderson, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah, to name a few.

Awards are given in 56 categories.

Netflix and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network lead the nominations in the television categories this year, with 23 nominations and 17 nominations respectively, according to the release.

In the recording category, RCA Records leads with 12 nominations, followed by Capitol Records with six nominations and Atlantic Records and Columbia Records, both with three nominations.

Universal Pictures leads with 10 nominations, followed by Annapurna and Open Road Films, which each received 5 nominations in the motion picture categories.

Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z lead with five nominations. Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Kendrick Lamar and SZA follow with four nominations each, and Charlie Wilson, Idris Elba and Ledisi each received three.

The 49th NAACP Image Awards show, held in Pasadena, California, will air live on TV ONE at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Along with Harrison's book, the other nominees in the children's book category are:

"Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (With) (Hachette Book Group)

“Before She Was Harriet” — Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator) (Holiday House)

“Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!” — Andrea J. Loney (Author), Keith Mallett (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)

“The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist” — Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) (S&S Children’s Publishing).

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