ALA’s Youth Book & Media Awards!

This January marks my first in 30 years that I haven’t been a children’s librarian or classroom teacher when the ALA children’s book awards have been announced. I wasn’t always able to make it to ALA Midwinter, but I always had my own lists. And some years, I had mock committees voting in time for the announcements.  This year, I’ve done more writing than reading, so I have a lot to catch up on. If you do too, here are the winners:

For the Randolph Caldecott (illustration) — The bear who compelled me to write.  FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR, written by Lindsay Mallick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


For the John Newbery (children’s literature) — usually a middle grade novel, but this year, the rare picture book! LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET written by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson.


For the F. Sibert (informational book) — FUNNY BONES, written by Duncan Tonatiuh.winnersfunnybones

For the Michael L. Printz (young adult literature) — BONE GAP, written by Laura Ruby.


For the Pura Belpre (author) —  ENCHANTED AIR, written by Margarita Engle.


For the Pura Belpre (illustrator) — DRUM DREAM GIRL, written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez.


For the Coretta Scott King (author) —  GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia.winnersgonecrazyFor the Coretta Scott King (illustrator) — TROMBONE SHORTY written by Troy Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier.


These winners and the honor books can be found at the American Library Association’s site.

The announcements were a welcome high point during my week down with a cold.  You may have noticed that I have a brand new “news” page, and I am still working out the kinks (as in, where are my accents and other special characters?). I will make corrections once I find them. My poetry blog and other children’s lit blog are out in cyberspace somewhere I suppose, but no longer here on my website.  HAPPY READING IN 2016!