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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The American Library Association Announces the Winners for The Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal & Printz Award...







The American Library Association announced this week the winners of the prestigious Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, & Printz Award...


The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children's book award....

The 2010 Caldecott Medal Winner is...

The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers. Artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volume


The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award has been given since 1922. It was the first children's literary award in the world...

The 2010 Newbery Medal Winner is...

When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Miranda lives in 1978 New York City with her mother, and her life compass is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. When she receives a series of enigmatic notes that claim to want to save her life, she comes to believe that they are from someone who knows the future. It's a mystery, a puzzle, a great historical look at New York during the late 70's, and has a bit of time traveling...

The Michael L. Printz Award is an annual award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a school librarian from Topeka, Kansas, who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The national award is sponsored by Booklist magazine and administered by YALSA, a division of the American Library Association...

The 2010 Michael L. Printz Award Winner is...

Going Bovine, written by Libba Bray, published by Delacorte. Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker whose somewhat dysfunctional family has just about given up on him, is diagnosed with "mad cow" disease. He goes on a quest with a punk rock angel named Dulcie and accompanied by a hypochondriac dwarf named Gonzo, who have told him there is a doctor with a cure.


One more award I thought I would mention...

The Robert F. Sibert Award, which is awarded for the most distinguished informational book. The award was established by The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and is a division of the American Library Association...

The 2010 Robert F. Sibert Award Winner is...

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick). This book is about about the 13 women who are known as the Mercury 13, had all passed the initial tests to go into space on that first mission, were all accomplished women, pilots, but never got the chance to take that flight.


You can see the whole list of winners, runners up, and other awards presented and for what books at the American Library Association, or a total recap of all the awards at Publishers Weekly Online. Congratulations to all the winners!

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