Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ALA Youth Media Awards Announced!

The American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards on Monday!  The winner of the Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children's literature went to:

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

There were also four honor books:

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

The Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to:

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

The Coretta Scott King Author Award went to:

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She's supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve?

And the Sibert Informational Book Award went to:

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.

Congratulations to all!

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