Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Awards 2016

On the 11th of January 2016, the Association for Library Service to Children (an arm of the American Library Association) announced the winners of the 2016 Newbery medal, Caldecott medal for illustration and Printz award for YA fiction. It is the most prestigious award in childrens' literature in the US and it is a very big deal to win! These are authors/illustrators that everyone working in childrens' books or with children, in general should pay attention to, for their work is now and always has been the most outstanding, meaningful and marvellous work going.

The winner of the 2016 John Newbery Medal has gone to Matt de la Pena/ illustrations by Christian
Robinson for "Last Stop on Market Street". This is a beautifully expressed picture book , which sees young CJ and his grandmother heading home after church on Sunday. While CJ would rather take a car and revels in modern technology, his grandmother shares the clear and wondrous observations and diversity that can be gained by riding a bus. The rich and vivid illustrations go hand in hand with the text to create a marvelous journey through life, and a unique bond between old and young.

The 2016 Caldecott medal for Illustration went to Sophie Blackall (written by Lindsay Mattick) for the wonderful book, Finding Winnie; the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. The expressive, gentle watercolours reflect perfectly time and place and make it one that can be 'read' by the youngest readers. Each page features a true work of art in its' own right.

The Printz Award recognises and annually honours the best book written for teens and is entirely
based on literary merit. This years winner is Laura Ruby for her excellent book, Bone Gap. The story follows Roza, Finn and his brother Sean, and the people of Bone Gap in a heart-rending tale of love and loss, mystery and regret and forgiveness. With magnificent charaterisation and chilling story-telling, it is absolutely brilliant.
Massive congratulations to all the winners! To the readers out there, if you haven't read them, yet, please do! You won't forget any of these books, ever.


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