Tuesday, January 19, 2010

And The Winners Are...

Authors, publishers, illustrators, even some librarians were anxious with anticipation this morning. Why? The top awards for children and young adult books were announced today!

The John Newbery Medal, which is for "outstanding contribution to children's literature," went to "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead.

The Newbery Honor Books were:
"Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" by Phillip Hoose
"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin
"The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" by Rodman Philbrick.

For younger readers, the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book for children went to "The Lion & the Mouse" by Jerry Pickney.

The Caldecott Honor books were:
"All the World" by Marla Frazee and Liz Garton Scanlon
"Red Sings From the Treetops: A Year in Colors" by Pamela Zagarenski and Joyce Sidman

For excellence in young adult literature, the Michael L. Printz Award was rewarded to "Going Bovine" by Libba Bray.

There were four Printz Honor books:
"Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith" by Deborah Heiligman
"The Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey
"Punkzilla" by Adam Rapp
"Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973" by John Barnes

Please click on this link to read more about the other awards that were announced, such as the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Odyssey Award.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? I fell in love with "All the World" so I'm happy that more people will get to read it. Or is there a book you thought should have won that didn't?

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