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Clare Vanderpool Wins 2011 Newbery Medal

Author Clare Vanderpool has won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for her book, Moon over Manifest. The award was announced at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards in San Diego.

Follow this link to read free samples of the winning titles. Four other titles were named as Newbery Honor Books: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

In addition, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

UPDATE: In addition, the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults went to One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Three King Author Honor Books were named: Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes,  and Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty written by G. Neri and  illustrated by Randy DuBurke.

Finally, the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults went to Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill.  One King Illustrator Honor Book was named: Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe and written by Gary Golio.

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