And the Winners Are….

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The winners of the American Library Association’s annual youth media awards were announced yesterday. Here they are….

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, is the 2016 Newbery Medal winner. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson.

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Note: This is the first time a picture book has been the Newbery award winner since 1982 when Nancy Willard’s book, A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, won the prize for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson; and Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick.

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews; Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

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Gone Crazy in Alabama, written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected: All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds; and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

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Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.

Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña.

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Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Bone Gap, written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Here’s a link to Monday’s NPR/All Things Considered story about the winners:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/11/462698206/last-stop-on-market-street-finding-winnie-win-u-s-childrens-book-prizes

 

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