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The Best Youth Literature
Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes excellence in writing and illustration for children's books and young adult fiction. The Association just announced this year's winners at their midwinter meeting in Boston. Some of its popular awards include:
John Newbery Medal
This coveted award recognizes the year's most outstanding overall contribution to children's literature. The 2010 winner is ''When You Reach Me'' by Rebecca Stead. The news was leaked 17 minutes early by an employee of Random House Kids, the book's publisher, who couldn't wait to make the announcement on their Twitter page. Whoops!
Past Newbery winners include:
|2009||The Graveyard Book||Neil Gaiman|
|2008||Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village||Laura Amy Schlitz|
|2007||The Higher Power of Lucky||Susan Patron|
|2006||Criss Cross||Lynne Rae Perkins|
|2004||The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread||Kate DiCamillo|
Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the year's best illustrated children's book. The 2010 winner is ''The Lion & the Mouse'' by Jerry Pinkney.
Past Caldecott Medal winners include:
|2009||The House in the Night||Susan Marie Swanson||Beth Krommes|
|2008||The Invention of Hugo Cabret||Brian Selznick|
|2006||The Hello, Goodbye Window||Norton Juster||Chris Raschka|
|2005||Kitten's First Full Moon||Kevin Henkes|
|2004||The Man Who Walked Between the Towers||Mordicai Gerstein|
Michael L. Printz Award
The Printz Award goes to the year's top book in young adult literature, also known as juvenile fiction. The 2010 Printz winner is ''Going Bovine'' by Libba Bray.
Past Printz Award winners include:
|2009||Jellicoe Road||Melina Marchetta|
|2008||The White Darkness||Geraldine McCaughrean|
|2007||American Born Chinese||Gene Luen Yang|
|2006||Looking for Alaska||John Green|
|2005||how i live now||Meg Rosoff|
|2004||The First Part Last||Angela Johnson|
The ALA also recognizes a wide range of talent in many other award categories, including:
- The Coretta Scott King author and illustrator awards, which go to outstanding African American authors and illustrators in children's literature. A lifetime achievement award is also given in this category.
- The Pura Belpre author and illustrator awards, which recognize excellence in Latino authors and illustrators of children's books.
- The Schneider Family Book Award, which goes to a work that elegantly expresses the experiences of disabled children.
- The William C. Morris Award, which honors excellent young adult books by first-time authors.
To see a complete list of ALA awards and their 2010 winners, visit the ALA website.