The 2013 Youth Media Awards sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) were announced this morning in Seattle, Washington. These prestigious awards given to the best books for children and young adults set the gold standard in literature for young people. If you're curious to learn more about how these awards are selected, you can read Pratt's own Ruth Anne Champion writing about the process and her experience serving on both the Newbery and Caldecott Committees.
If you're like me, you might simply be excited to be able to read these fantastic books. Here are a few of the big award winners:
The Coretta Scott King Award is given to African-American authors and illustrators who communicate the African-American experience.
This year's winner for illustration went to: I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier, wiritten by Langston Hughes. You have a chance to meet and hear this year's award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, when he visits Pratt in February!
This year's author winner went to: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal which is awarded to outstanding illustrations in a children's book. The medal went to This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.
The John Newbery Award for distinguished writing for children was awarded to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal for a nonfiction book for children went to: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
The Michael L. Printz Award for distinguished writing for a young adult audience went to: In Darkness by Nick Lake.
For more information about the different awards and a complete list of winners, you can visit ALA's Youth Media Awards site. Don't forget to click on the hyperlinked book titles to find a copy at your local Pratt branch.