For those of you who might have missed the big announcement today at ALA--the ALA Youth Media Award winners were announced. That's right! The top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults were named– including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
A list of all the award winners can be found at The American Library Association Website, but here are just a few...
The Newbery went to Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
The Printz to Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Caldecott to A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead.
Grace Lin took home the Geisel Honor (one of my favorite awards) for Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
In other book award news, the Sydney Taylor Book Awards were also announced today. The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) since 1968, the Award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category. And the 2011 winners are...
--Howard Schwartz and Kristina Swarner, author and illustrator of Gathering Sparks
--Barry Deutsch, author and illustrator of Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
--Dana Reinhardt, author of The Things a Brother Knows
Congratulations go out to ALL the winners and honorees!