June 29, 2016

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I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t. | Up for Debate

Kathleen T. Horning

The Nobel Prize raises the veil of confidentiality after 50 years. Congress has unsealed the Warren Commission documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Do the Newbery/Caldecott records hide some sort of national security risk that’s not obvious to us?

Let Book Awards Committee Members Blab | Up for Debate

Ed Spicer

I would dearly love to talk about my experiences on children’s book awards committees. Ending the confidentiality requirement would also allow members to discuss those books and illustrators who truly did fabulous work but weren’t winners or honorees.

Why You Don’t Want To Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott | Up for Debate

Dan Santat

To a writer or artist like myself, hearing about committee proceedings would only create feelings of self-doubt and raise ‘what if?’ questions. It wouldn’t make non-winners think about what they did ‘right.’ Rather, they would ask what they did ‘wrong.’

SLJ Reviews of 2016 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.

De la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” Takes 2016 Newbery; Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” Wins Caldecott

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There were cheers, tears, and mouths agape at ALA Midwinter, as Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” and Sophie Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” took the top spots in the YMA lineup. Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Printz.

Winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards

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A full list of the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

Two-Time Caldecott Honoree Vera B. Williams Dies at 88

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Acclaimed author and illustrator, whose picture books A Chair for My Mother and “More More More,” Said the Baby were Caldecott Honors, died Friday, October 16.

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?

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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.