Thousands of children's book creators and fans from around the world tuned in to the ALA (American Library Association) this morning to hear the announcements for the top awards in the children's book industry. The biggies this year were:
Jack Gantos, Newbery winner for DEAD END IN NORVELT
Chris Raschka, Caldecott award for A BALL FOR DAISY
John Corey Whaley won the Michael L. Printz Award for WHERE THINGS COME BACK
Kadir Nelson wond a Coretta Scott King Author and Honor Illustrator for HEART AND SOUL: THE STORY OF AMERICA AND AFRICAN AMERICANS & UNDERGROUND: FINDING THE LIGHT TO FREEDOM (respectively)
Ashley Bryan is the winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement (so well deserved).
And it do go on!! Click here - at the American Libraries, ALA news to see the entire list including honor winners.
And here's a cool thing I was recently turned onto... Open Road Media is doing interviews with past Newbery winners about how the award impacted their lives, in conjunction with re-releases of the books. I wish they'd do this for everybody, but here's a start: Virginia Hamilton and Jean Craighead George...