Today the American Library Association will give out the top awards in children's books. This is where I will post them as soon as I knows 'em!
Here we go!!! Here are the winners:
Caldecott: Jon Klassen's THIS IS NOT MY HAT (CLICK HERE to read an interview with Jon at dulemba.com)
Newbery: Katherine Applegate's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
Printz: Nick Lake's IN DARKNESS
Coretta Scott King: author Andrea Davis Pinkney's HAND IN HAND: TEN BLACK MEN WHO CHANGED AMERICA
illustrator Bryan Collier for I, TOO, AM AMERICA
Pura Belpré: author Benjamin Alire Sáenz's ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
illustrator David Diaz for MARTIN DE PORRES: THE ROSE IN THE DESERT
Odyssey (best audio): John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Sibert (best informational): Steve Sheinkin's BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD - AND STEAL - THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON (this book also won a Newbery Honor)
Geisel: Ethan Long's UP, TALL AND HIGH
For a full list of the winners and the honor books, go to the ALA Youth Media Award website.
And here's a treat. Open Road Media has a video featuring their authors who have won the Newbery, Caldecott, or National Book Awards and how the awards changed their lives. It features folks like Jean Craighead George, Janet Taylor Lisle, Virginia Hamilton, Chris Rashka, Betsy Byars, and Adele Griffin.
They also share excerpts from nine Newbery Award winners and honor books at http://www.scribd.com/collections/3442651/Newbery-Award-Winners-and-Honor-Books.