“Biddy Mason Speaks Up” is the 2021 FOCAL Award Winner!

Each year a group of teachers, librarians, writers and others interested in children’s literature meets to determine the new FOCAL winner. The winning author is presented with the award — a unique puppet representing a character from their award-winning book which has been created for them by Carol Onofrio and is now being created by Jesse Kingsley. Check out the video of the award ceremony at