Monday, January 23, 2012

Newbery, Caldecott and More

The book awards list is out. Congratulations to all those on the winner and honor lists. I am especially excited because I know three of those on the Pura Belpré list: Monica Brown, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Xavier Garza. What an honor.

The 2012 Newbery medal (most outstanding contribution to children’s literature) went to Jack Gantos for his book, Dead End in Norvelt, published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

The Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children) went to author/illustrator Chris Raschka for the book, A Ball for Daisy, published by Schwartz &
Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

The Pura Belpré Author Award (honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience) went to Guadalupe Garcia McCall for her YA book, Under the Mesquite, published by Lee and Low. The Illustrator Award went to author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh for the book, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

For a complete look at all the winners and awards, link to ALA Press Release blog.

"Surprise is what keeps readers turning the pages and writers filling them up." -- James Howe

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