Matt de la Peña Wins Newbery; Sophie Blackall Wins Caldecott
At its Midwinter Meeting in Boston yesterday, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam) won the 2016 Newbery Medal, which honors "the most outstanding contribution to children's literature." (The book is also a Caldecott Honor title and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor title.)
Newbery Honor books:
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic Press).
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown) won the 2016 Caldecott Medal, honoring "the most distinguished American picture book for children." The book was written by Lindsay Mattick.
Caldecott Honor books:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Candlewick Press)
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña (Putnam)
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad) won the Coretta Scott King Author's Book Award, which recognizes "an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults."
The Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon (Candlewick Press)
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Abrams Books for Young Readers), won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award, which recognizes "an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults."
The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books:
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books)
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña (Putnam)
Jerry Pinkney has won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which honors "an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." Pinkney also won the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Jacqueline Woodson has won the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, recognizing "an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature," and will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.
The complete list of winners is here.