The ALA Newberry and Caldecott medals (along with many other awards) were annnounced earlier today. For a full run-down, see the Kids Lit site (several entries, all dated January 23). But for the briefest of summaries:
- Newberry Medal (chapter book): LYNNE RAE PERKINS: Criss Cross
- Caldecott Medal (picture book): NORTON JUSTER and CHRIS RASCHKA (illus.): The Hello, Goodbye Window
- Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (new this year, for an outstanding beginning reader book): CYNTHIA RYLANT and SUÇIE STEVENSON (Illustrator): Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas
I have not read any of these books, but I did already have the Henry and Mudge books on my Kids Recommended page (recommended by my friend Sara). I have been wanting to read The Hello, Goodbye Window for a while now, and have added it, with Criss Cross, to my list. I am disappointed, however, that The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan didn't even get a mention by the Newberry committee. Anyway, check out the full list of awards on the Kids Lit site.