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And the Winner Is…

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 14, 2008


The American Library Association announced today the winners of its awards for outstanding children’s and young adult’s literature. The 2008 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean. Honor Books included:

  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Winner of the Coretta Scott King author award was Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton. The Coretta Scott King illustrator award was presented to Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine. The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions; the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The 2008 Caldecott medal winner for the most distinguished American picture book for children was The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Honor books included:

  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railrod illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
  • First the Egg, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, written and illustrated by Peter Sís
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written and illustrated Mo Willems

The 2008 Newbery Award for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children was presented to Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. Newbery Honor Books included:

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

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