Children’s Book By Alabama Authors Receives Caldecott Honor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A children’s book written by two Alabama authors is being recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book. The American Library Association announced the award last week for “The Cat Man of Aleppo,” which was co-authored by Alabama writers Karim Shamshi-Basha and Irene Latham. Yuko Shimizu illustrated the book, which was published last year by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Shamshi-Basha is a native of Syria. The book tells the true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who rescued abandoned cats in the city of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War in 2016.

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