* * *Hello again, friends. This past Monday morning, the children’s publishing world came together with the children’s library world in Philadelphia for, among other things, the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting! Here are your big winners:
The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to Brian Floca for Locomotive.
The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature went to Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.Scouring the full list of winners and honors for some interesting nerdy things to point out (all three Caldecott honors are wordless picture books!), what really stands out more than anything is that this list is long and varied, even more so than usual—there are few repeats from award to award, and most awards opted to give a large number of honors, which usually means those books were clustered together as runners-up in the committees’ votes.
Simply put, 2013 brought us a lot of good new children’s books.
What have you and your kids been reading? Did your new favorites get award love this year?