Sabtu, 28 Januari 2012

“A Ball for Daisy” wins the Caldecott Medal for picture books

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 — Two of the most esteemed awards for children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, were awarded by the American Library Association this week.
The Newberry, begun in 1922, was won by “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos for most outstanding contribution. The semi-autobiographical story follows a kid whose plans for summer vacation are derailed, as matters take a twist.

The Caldecott Medal for picture books went to “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka, who previously won for “Yo! Yes?”. The Caldecott medallist, a wordless picture book, about a dog whose favourite ball is destroyed by a poodle, tells about loss, recovery and friendship.

After the announcement, “Dead End in Norvelt” jumped from 36,347th to 192nd in two hours on Amazon based on sales. Both climbed to first in their respective categories — children’s mysteries and animals.

The ALA also awarded the Printz Award for Young Adult books, which was given to “Where Things Come Back”, a debut coming-of-age novel by John Corey Whaley, about a teenage boy whose brother goes missing.

Other Youth Media Awards for 2012 included the Coretta Scott King Award for African-American Literature, the Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award for gay, lesbian, and transgender books, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning readers.

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