Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA's Youth Media Awards Announced!

The winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards have been announced. You can read the official press release (and the full list of winners and honorees) online at:

Winner of the 2011 Randolph Caldecott  Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011)
  A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.

Winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux, c2011)
 In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, c2011)  
Discusses the history of African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans (Roaring Brook Press, c2011)
 "A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."

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