The 2009 ALA Midwinter Conference is in full swing in Denver right now, and this morning was IT for ALA's Youth Media Awards, such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and more.
Some of this year's distinguished honorees include:
Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book
Newbery Honor Books
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Beth Krommes, illustrator of The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Caldecott Honor Books
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
Coretta Scott King Author Award
Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books
The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper **This was one of my absolute favorites this year. Stunning writing, stunning art.**
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Floyd Cooper for The Blacker the Berry, written by Joyce Carol Thomas
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Before John Was a Jazz Giant written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls
The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Michael L. Printz Award
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Theodor Suess Geisel Award
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Congratulations to all the honorees! For a full list of the 2009 awards, check the ALA site for updates later today.
Fellow writer/blogger Darcy Pattison has put up a poll to see how interested writer-types have found today's news. Did you watch the webcast or track the awards on Facebook (that's what I did)? Or are you reading about the awards here? (Lucky you if you were in the room — I've witnessed the awards announcements with my own eyeballs once in the past, and that was exciting!) Click on over to Darcy's blog to take the poll.
Also, just for fun, here's a fresh AP piece with author Neil Gaiman's reaction to winning the Newbery this morning.