What an exciting day in the world of Children’s Literature!
The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. There’s nothing like the element of surprise or witnessing a “first” to add to all the excitement. This marks the first time a Latino author has won the prestigious Newbery Medal, and a rare instance when a picture book has won the Newbery, which is typically awarded to a middle grade novel.
Huge Congrats to Matt de la Peña! Way to shake things up!! Last Stop on Market Street also earned a Caldecott Honor Medal and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Christian Robinson’s awesome illustrations. This affirms my belief that picture books are truly for all ages. Good literature is good literature. 🙂
I ‘m also thrilled that Finding Winnie won the Caldecott Medal! Bear book bear book bear book!! I’m a longtime Sophie Blackall fan and I’m glad her supreme talent has finally been recognized in this way. What a year she’s had! Finding Winnie was written by Lindsay Mattick and you’ll find a wonderful round table discussion about this book (featuring author, illustrator, editor, art director) at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
The brilliant Jerry Pinkney (who’s in a category all his own) won BOTH the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature AND the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Wow!
Here are a few more highlights:
We extend our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!!
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