Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Award Day!!

Today, if you haven't heard, was the announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott, and other book awards by the American Library Association. Click through to the ALA's site to see the full awards list.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children" by the American Library Association. This year's winner is The House in The Night illustrated by Beth Krommes, and written by Susan Marie Swanson.

Caldecott Honor Books are:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year's winner is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Newbery Honor Books are:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Which ones have you read? I haven't read any of them, unfortunately, but because of great reviews by some of my fellow book bloggers, many are on my wish list.


Sally Murphy said...

I must confess to not having read any of tehse, but Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book has been high on my list of must reads. I heard him speak here in Australia last year and was blown away.

Staci said...

I ordered Graveyard for my library just the other day. We have The Surrender Tree and Savvy but not The Underneath nor After Tupac and D Foster. I'm looking forward to reading The Graveyard Book, I've read a lot of good reviews on it plus, I enjoyed Coraline a lot!!

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