Jack Gantos Wins the Newbery Medal

GalleyCat is reporting Jack Gantos’s win of the John Newbery Medal at the American Library Association’s annual youth media award for his novel Dead End in Norvelt.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Other winners include, A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, which took home the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. In addition, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

Finally, the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: went to  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

The rest of the winners include illustrator Shane W. Evans, Ashley Bryan, Joan Bauer, Brian Selznick, Wendelin Van Draanen and Rachel DeWoskin.

For a full list of winners, check out the GalleyCat piece here.

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