This is the season for awards. The Grammys, the Oscars, but most thrilling of all, the ALA YMAs. What is that you ask? The American Library Association Youth Media Awards, of course.
The oldest of these awards are the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
For only the second time, this year the Newbery winner is a picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña. The book, illustrated by Christian Robinson was also named an Honor Book for the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick. It is a true story of the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
The complete list of winners and honorees is available here.
Take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.
by Matt de la Peña
illustrated by Christian Robinson
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
by Lindsay Mattick
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
illustrated by Rafael López
by Margarita Engle
Pura Belpré Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor
Coretta Scott King Book Award, recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
by David A. Adler
illustrated by Sam Ricks
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.