Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and Coretta Scott King. Oh, my.

Joy, Lovely Joy Newbery Caldecott winner 2014

The American Library Association announced yesterday the 2014 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the two highest literary honors for children’s books. The Newbery is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and the Caldecott for outstanding artwork.

Winner of the Newbery Medal goes to Kate “As-If-You-Need-A-Last-Name” DiCamillo for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. She of such literary gems as Because of Winn-Dixie (2000 Newbery runner-up) and The Tale of Despereux (winner of the 2004 Newbery and a book that recently sparked a life question from Mia, which I quickly answered, then answered more honestly in this post) was recently chosen for Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. Flora & Ulysses is about a tween who befriends a squirrel with super powers.

“The right book reminds us of who we are.

It also tells us who we can become.”

~Kate DiCamillo

Brian Floca was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Locomotive, which is about a family of three traveling from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869 aboard the brand-new transcontinental railroad. It received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and placement in a slew of “best books” lists.

Newbery Honors went to:

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Caldecott Honors went to:

Journey by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to Marcus Sedgwick for Midwinterblood.

Honors went to:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award went to P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Honors went to:

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes (Yay, Nikki!)

The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award went to Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier (written by Daniel Beaty).

Honors went to:

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

 

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