Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch for those who LOVE football. Nonetheless, the Youth Media Awards last month announced big, big winners in the world of children's and young adult's literature.
The Caldecott Medal is given for the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year's winner of the award is Radiant Child, The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The book was also written by Javaka Steptoe.
See below for cover art of the Caldecott Winner and Honor books (gold sticker for winner, silver for honors).
Note - several of the above titles won more than one award - this is just the Caldecott list.
According to the American Library Association's website, "[t]he Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The Newbery, like the Caldecott, also includes a list of Honor books. The Newberry Medal for 2017 goes to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. See below for cover art of the Newbery Winner and Honor books (again, gold for winner, silver for honors).
As with the Caldecott winners, some of these books won more than one award.
Which have you already read or heard about? Which spark your interest? There were more awards given, but nine titles will give you plenty to think about for the moment.
I hope you've had many chances to cozy up in rainy weather this winter to read, whether alone, or with family and friends.
With winter comes a new year, and a new year brings new American Library Association Youth Media awards! These will include the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.
If you want to get up very early here in California (5 a.m.), you can get breaking news as the awards are announced on the East Coast at 8 a.m. The link to watch it all happening live is here.
This site will also re-post the winners after they have been announced.
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