Award-Winning Books

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Here's a checklist of reading material worth perusing - this year's award-winning books. Each January, parents and children can find a list of the year's best reading when the annual American Library Association youth media awards are announced.

These awards - particularly the Caldecott Medal for distinguished picture book and the Newbery Medal for distinguished literature - are the Oscars of children's literature.

Here are some of the top picks from this year's list of winners, which were announced on Jan. 23:

Chris Raschka's A Ball for Daisy, a tale for preschool children about a puppy's ball destroyed by another dog, won the Caldecott Medal. The book explores the joy and anguish of the young with impressionist illustrations.

Caldecott honor books: Blackout by John Rocco, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith and Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Jack Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt won the Newbery Medal. In the wild story, for age 10 and older, the title character (who shares the author's name) spends his time while grounded writing obituaries of the people who founded his town.

Newbery honor books: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; and Breaking Stalin's Nose, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.

Other winners of the award season include:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - Michael L. Printz Award for young-adult literature and William C. Morris Award for debut author of a teen book

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson - Coretta Scott King author award

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans - Coretta Scott King illustrator award

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer, Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick and The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen - Schneider Family Book Awards for artistic expression of the disability experience

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh - Pura Belpre illustrator award for portrayal of the Latino experience

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall - Belpre author award

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet - Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Award

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright - Stonewall Book Award for books relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider - Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning-reader book

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin - Young Adult Library Services Association award for nonfiction (ages 12 to 18)

-Nancy Gilson