Monday, January 14, 2008

Caldecott and Newbery Awards Announced at ALA today

The American Library Association's Midwinter meeting concludes today in Philadelphia with the announcement of this years children's and young adult literature awards.The Newbery Award for writing of children's books, The Caldecott for illustration of children's books and several other awards are listed in this press release:

' “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,” written by Laura Amy Schlitz, is the 2008 Newbery Medal winner. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” illustrated by Brian Selznick, is the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Scholastic.'

Take a look at this AP article for a summary of the award books:

'NEW YORK - A Baltimore librarian’s classroom project is now part of publishing history. "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From a Medieval Village," first conceived a decade ago by Laura Amy Schlitz, is this year’s winner of the John Newbery Medal for best children’s book.The Randolph Caldecott award for top picture book went to Brian Selznick’s "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," a 500-plus page hybrid of a graphic novel and traditional illustration about an orphan boy and a robot in Paris at the turn of the 20th century.Also today, science fiction author Orson Scott Card won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for "lifetime achievement in writing for young adults." Mo Willems’ "There Is a Bird in Your Head!" received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for "the most distinguished book for beginning readers." '

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