Best Book Awards For Children and Young Adults

February 2, 2009

The American Library Association held its mid-Winter meeting in Denver last week and announced the winners to the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Awards.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. The 2009 Newbery Award winner is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
In addition, four Newbery Honor Books were named:

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

The Surrender Tree : poems of Cuba’s struggle for freedom by Margarita Engle

Savvy by Ingrid Law

After Tupac And D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson


The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. Beth Krommes, illustrator of “The House in the Night,” written by Susan Marie Swanson is the 2009 Caldecott Medal Winner.
Three Caldecott Honor Books were named as well:

A Couple Of Boys Have The Best Week Ever written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

How I Learned Geography written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

A River Of Words : the story of William Carlos Williams illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
Four Printz Honor Books were also named:

The Astonishing Life Of Octavian Nothing, Traitor To The Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom On The Waves by M.T. Anderson

The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

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