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July 28, 2014

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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

Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

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.

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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 [...]

What’s Your Favorite Caldecott?

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In recognition of the Caldecott Medal’s 75th anniversary, librarians at School Library Journal’s Leadership Summit shared their favorite winners and discuss beloved picture books that were overlooked for this honor but still stand the test of time.

The Art of the Caldecott: At 75, the powerful award keeps proving the value of librarians’ expertise | Editorial

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There’s nothing quite like the run-up to the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

Nick’s Picks | The 2013 American Library Association Award Winners

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Listen to the recent winners of the 2013 ALA book awards share the stories behind their work.

YMA Medalists Applegate, Klassen Say Librarians Are Marketing Mavens

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As School Library Journal caught up with Newbery and Caldecott Medalists Katherine Applegate and Jon Klassen this week, a common theme emerged in our talks. In what surely comes as no surprise to SLJ’s readers, both authors credited the library community for helping to champion their books to a wide circle of readers.

ALA Midwinter: SLJ Resources on the Youth Media Award Winners

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With the Youth Media Awards having been announced Monday January 28, buzz around the Caldecott-winning This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins), and the Printz-winning In Darkness (Bloomsbury), is higher than ever. School Library Journal has compiled a list of relevant blog posts, reviews, interviews, and articles related to the winners and honor books.

The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me. Click here for video of the awards. Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin Honor: Three [...]

SLJ Reviews for Top Youth Media Award Winners

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Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan and Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat may have won the Newbery and Caldecott on Monday, January 28, but they were already stellar titles for School Library Journal’s Book Review editors. Both books made SLJ’s Best Books of 2012 list, as well as many of the other ALA’s Youth Media Award-winners. Check out SLJ’s reviews for the top prizes.

*UPDATED* Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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The audience erupted in cheers Monday after Katherine Applegate was named the winner of the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins), and Jon Klassen was awarded the Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick) at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards for 2012, which were announced during its annual Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA.

SLJ Staff Picks Contenders for “Other” Youth Media Awards

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With the Youth Media Awards just a few days away, School Library Journal editors and contributors took a stab at naming some possible contenders.

Erin E. Stead and Chris Raschka: A Caldecott Conversation

How better to get acquainted with the Caldecott Medal than through two artists who have won it? Last year, in the first Caldecott Conversation, Erin E. Stead and Jerry Pinkney talked shop. Today, the conversation continues as Stead and Chris Raschka (the 2012 Caldecott winner for A Ball for Daisy) interview each other. Erin E. [...]