Monday, January 23, 2006

Best in Children's and Teen Literature

This morning in San Antonio, Texas, the American Library Association announced the year's top books for children and young adults. The winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is Lynne Rae Perkins for Criss Cross. Chris Raschka won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children with The Hello, Goodbye Window.

Looking for Alaska by John Green is the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award winner for excellence in literature written for young adults. The Coretta Scott King Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, was given to Julius Lester, author of Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, and to Bryan Collier, illustrator of Rosa. The first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book went to Cynthia Rylant for Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas.

Click here to see the complete list of all the 2006 literary award winners, including Honor books. Stop by or call the Library to place OWWL Holds on any of these award-winning books.

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