Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ALA Youth Media Awards 2008

Reading is good, at any age. The American Library Association announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards today.

John Newbery Medal (for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children)
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Randolph Caldecott Medal (for most distinguished American picture book for children.)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtin by Peter Sís

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished book for beginning readers)
There Is a Bird on Your Head! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in literature written for young adults)
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
Your Own Sylvia, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Coretta Scott King Book Awards (recognizing an African-American author and illustrator)
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (author honor)Let It Shine: stories of black women freedom fighters written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan (illustrator honor)

King Honor Books
November Blues by Sharon M. Draper (author honor)
12 Rounds to Glory: the story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith (author honor)
The Secret Olivia Told Me
by N. Joy, illustrated by Nancy Devard (illustrator honor)

Jazz on a Saturday Night illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (illustrator honor)

Pura Belpré Awards (honoring Latino authors and illustrators)
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Monzano by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Pura Belpre Honor Books
Frida: viva la vida! long live life! written and illustrated by Carmen Bernier-Grand (narrative)
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, a Cuban folktale retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by

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