Monday, January 27, 2014

ALA Youth Media Award Winning Titles

It's that time of the year when children's librarians geek out over the latest national children's book awards--the best books of the past year. Just how geeked out do we get, you ask? Well, we attend workshops, participate in mock elections, read post after post of people (over?)analyzing every color choice, cover art, character development, and use of whitespace; we have deep, fervent discussions about why this or that book better win, and we've each likely said the words, "Oh, that better NOT win!"

I eagerly set my alarm not to miss the 8am announcement this morning (Monday, January 27th), and I am excited to share the results. Without further ado, here are the recently announced John Newbery and  Randolph Caldecott honors and winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards 2014:

Newbery Award Winner
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Newbery Honor Books
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paper Boy by Vince Vawter

Caldecott Award Winner
Locomotive by Brian Floca

Caldecott Honor Books
Journey by Aaron Becker
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Go to our catalog, and check these out! If we don't own them yet, we will soon! And JOIN US Monday, January 27th, from 3:30-5:30pm in Youth Services (drop in; no registration needed!) to discuss these winning titles over lemonade and cookies!

For a full listing of all the Youth Media Award winners, go to

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