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>ALA Announces Award Winners


The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, Schneider Family and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The winners:

John Newbery Medal honors the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz, is the 2008 Newbery Medal winner.

Three Newbery Honor Books were named:
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson.

Randolph Caldecott Medal recognizes the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, is the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner.

Four Caldecott Honor Books were named:
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, ill. by Kadir Nelson
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems.

Other winners:
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis is the King Author Book winner.
Let it Shine illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan is the King Illustrator Book winner.

A complete list of award winners can be found on the ALA website.

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