Forget the Golden Globes!
I just watched the live web broadcast of the American Library Association's (the oldest and largest library association in the world) 2008 Youth Media Awards. This is the academy awards of children's and teen literature. It was great hearing the cheers of librarians, publishers, and other guests from miles away. It was all so exciting! :D
Below are the winners of the oldest and most famous awards. To be honest, these are the awards I care about the most because past winners were such an important part of my childhood. My teachers read aloud Caldecott books. As I got older, teachers assigned Newbery winners as reading homework. Now I have a deep and scholarly interest in the Newbery. I've been trying to collect all Newbery winners and honor books like crazy. One of my graduate papers, for a class on individualism in American literature, was on the Newbery. And *gulp* I plan to write my master's thesis on the Newbery.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The 2008 Caldecott Honor Books:
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson (written by Ellen Levine, published by Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion)
The winner of the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. It is the first children's book award in the world!
The 2008 Newbery Honor Books:
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion)
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam/GP Putnam's Sons)
The winner of the 2008 John Newbery Medal:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
I am sooo glad I bought The Invention of Hugo Cabret as a Christmas gift to myself. Now I need/want to go out and buy the 2008 Newbery winner and honor books. There's still the winners of the other youth media awards to check out too!