awards season

So, everyone’s probably aware that the little golden statues known as “Oscars” are about to be handed out.  But it’s not just films that get recognized this time of year — the American Library Association just released their list of recipients for this year’s awards for literature for children and young adults.  The list is lengthy, but here are the results of what I would consider to be the top prizes:

The John Newbery Medal, awarded to the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature, went to The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaimen, the story of a boy who lives in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts.

The Randolph Caldecott, awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children, went to The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes.

The Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults, went to Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta, about a teenage girl who was abandoned by her mother and is now attempting to figure out both her past and her future. 

I’ve requested all three from the library, and am eager to get my hands on them.  But I was also excited to hear about one additional book honored by a different organization — the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given to Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains.  As a big fan of Anderson’s, I’m always happy to see her receive additional recognition.

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~ by Molly on January 27, 2009.

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