Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books

The ALA Youth Media Awards were handed out on Monday, February 2nd and the winner of the Newbery Award for the most distinuginshed contribution to American literature for children went to.... The Crossover by Kwame Alexander!

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

There were also two Honor Books:

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The moving story of the author's childhood told in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Congratulations to all!  

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