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May 27, 2015

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Three-Time Caldecott Winner Marcia Brown Dies at 96

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Celebrated author and illustrator Marcia Brown, whose illustrious career was marked by three Caldecott wins and six Caldecott Honors, died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. She was 96.

The YMAs and the Future of Diverse Books | Editorial

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The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

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Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Winds of Change at the YMAs | An ALA Midwinter Comic

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A graphic rendering of the 2015 Youth Media Awards by children’s librarian and artist Lisa Nowlain.

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ALA Youth Media Awards Recognizes Comics

ALA Youth Media Awards Recognizes Comics

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were announced Monday morning at the ALA mid-winter meeting in Chicago, and for the first time ever, graphic novels received both Newbery and Caldecott honors. Established in 1921, the Newbery Medal recognizes the most distinguished American book published for children. This year, El Deafo by Cece Bell was […]

SLJ Reviews of 2015 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

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The winners are in, and once again, SLJ predicted many of the top Youth Media Award winners and honor books. Check out the reviews of all the winning and honor books.

Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover and Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend took home the medals for the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, respectively. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun captured the Printz award.

Betsy Bird Returns to Host SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

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Grab some coffee and tune in Monday, February 2, for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about the most highly anticipated honors in children’s publishing, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott awards.

HarperCollins Serves Up Bunnies, Sisters, and “Sick Lit” | Spring 2015 Preview

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HarperCollins Spring Preview, in New York City, served up books about bunnies, parents who wants to raise boring children, “Sick Lit,” and Sherlock Holmes.

Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

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For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

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Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

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Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.

DiCamillo, Floca Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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Elated shouts and cheers followed the announcements of each winner of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards for books published 2013, presented on January 27. Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca took the top prizes—the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

Join SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

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You’ve been preparing all year for this moment: The announcement of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Grab some coffee and join the fun by tuning into SLJ’s first-ever pre-game show (#sljpregame), streamed live via Google Hangout at 7:30 a.m. EST on January 27.

The Givers: What It Takes to Serve on the Newbery, Caldecott Committees

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While the process of selecting the Caldecott and Newbery Medalists remains top secret, SLJ asked various committee members, past and present, to offer their insights on how to get tapped for the honor of a lifetime: being part of a Youth Media Awards selection committee.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Marc Simont, Beloved Caldecott Medalist, Dies at 97

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Acclaimed children’s book creator Marc Simont, who illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, died on Saturday, July 13. He was 97. His many honors include a Caldecott Medal for the art in Janice May Udry’s A Tree is Nice, and Caldecott Honors for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and his own The Stray Dog.

Costumed Revelers Honor ALSC Youth Media Award Winners | ALA 2013

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Dressed in book-themed costumes and hats, hundreds of enthusiastic librarians gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago to honor the winners of the 2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder Awards, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children.

ALSC Celebrates 75 Years of Caldecott | ALA 2013

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Members of the Association of Library Service to Children celebrated 75 years of the Caldecott Medal this weekend with a welcoming reception Thursday evening honoring authors and illustrators, and a day-long preconference on Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement. 2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book […]