The American Library Association has just held its annual Mid-Winter meeting. The big news out of this yearly gathering is the announcement of the Newberry and Caldecott medalists, recognizing the outstanding works for children. So, without further ado, here we go…
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
• Moon over Manifest, written by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:
• Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm and published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
• Heart of a Samurai, written by Margi Preus and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.
• Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcour.
• One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
• A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. The book was written by Philip C. Stead, and is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing.
Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
• Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
• Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein and published by Candlewick Press.