The Three Lucys - Hayan Charara
2017 Arab American Book Awards
Honorable Mention – Children/Young Adult
The Three Lucys
By Hayan Charara (author) and Sara Kahn (illustrator)
(New York: Lee & Low Books, 2016)
A young Lebanese boy must learn to cope with loss and hope for a peaceful future after losing one of his beloved cats because of The July War. This picture book is based on the month-long conflict between Lebanon and Israel during the summer of 2006. The book received the New Voices Award Honor and was featured on School Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016" list.
Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister (Winner of the 2017 Arab American Book Award), The Sadness of Others and The Alchemist’s Diary. Charara edited Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His honors include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from the University of Houston creative writing program, and the John Clare Prize. A Detroit native, Charara currently teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston.
Sara Kahn is an artist and illustrator currently living in San Francisco with her husband and three cats. Her illustrations using a combination of techniques have appeared in Cricket and Cicada magazines. She has won many prizes and honors for her artworks, the most recent one being the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit award for illustration.