January marks the start of award season for many. Music, movie, and television award shows are abundant. Even the literary world gives honors this month by awarding the most prestigious in children’s literature, the Caldecott and Newberry awards.
The awards were created to encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. From Philadelphia, PA this morning, the America Library Association (ALA) announced the 2014 Youth Media Award Winners. We are very excited to share this year’s winners with you and hope you enjoy these titles as much as we d0! For a complete list of winners and honor books, visit ala.org/yma, then visit your local library or favorite bookstore! Happy Reading!
John Newberry Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo. Two of DiCammillo’s previous novels have made it to the big screen: Beacuse of Winn-Dixie (2000 Newberry Honor Book) and Tale of Despereaux (2003 Newberry Medal award winner).
Randolph Caledcott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children: Locomotive, written & illustrated by Brian Floca.
Have you already read any (or all) of the books on the children’s and young adult literary award winners list? Tell what you think!