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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!