Highlight: 2016 Award Winners in Youth Media

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  • John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Last Stop on Market Street,  by Matt de la Peña

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley,  Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson Readers, and Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named:  Trombone Shorty,  illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews;  Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes;  Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña

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  • Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby

Two Printz Honor Books also were named: Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Pérez, and The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick

  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:

Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producer of That Is NOT a Good Idea, an innovative adaptation of this read-aloud favorite, Goose accepts an invitation to accompany Fox on a simple stroll – or is it? Watch along with a comical chorus of goslings as they react to this cautionary tale.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children:

Jerry Pinkney, whose award-winning works include The Lion and the Mouse, recipient of the Caldecott Award in 2010. In addition, Pinkney has received five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors.

  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, originally published in French in 2014 as “Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit,” by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

  • Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle

  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Four  Sibert Honor Books were named: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, by Don Brown; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose; Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Don’t Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks

Three Geisel Honor Books were named: A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske; Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage; and Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin

Four other books were finalists for the award: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, by Margarita Engle; First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, by Tim Grove; Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, by M.T. Anderson; and This Strange Wilderness:  The Life and Art of John James Audubon, by Nancy Plain