Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Awards Day!

The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this morning!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, won the Newbery.

There were four Newbery Honors: The Underneath, The Surrender Tree, Savvy, and After Tupac and D Foster.

The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson, won the Caldecott.

Of the 3 Caldecott Honors and 1 Medal winner, three of those titles were on our online Caldecott Hopeful poll! (How I Learned Geography and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever were the other honors on our poll, plus A River of Words, which we didn't pick.)

Full award info:

ALSC award list

Coretta Scott King awards

Ooops, forgot YALSA (including the new Morris award, for first-time YA author)

Horn Book has a nice round up.


Amie said...

think its interesting the newberry is a YA book. cant wait to read it

Melissa said...

The Newbery frequently is a YA book! The committee's charge is to consider literature for children up through age 14. Criss Cross and Kira-Kira are just two recent examples.

I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman wrote it as kind of a tribute to The Jungle Book by Kipling, so I've got that on my shelf to re-read soon. He also wanted to write a scary book in which all the danger came from OUTSIDE the graveyard, not within it!