Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2008 Children's Literary Award Winners

The winners of the 2008 major literary awards for children were recently announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. Click on each book cover to request that item, and stay tuned for more awards updates!

Newbery Medal Winner
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz

A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

Caldecott Medal Winner
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures, by Brian Selznick

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Printz Award Winner
(for excellence in Young Adult literature):
The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean

Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.

Sibert Medal Winner
(for best informational book):
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sís

In his most personal work to date, award-winning author Peter Sís offers a brilliant graphic memoir, taking readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain.

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