The most important awards in children's literature were handed out last week. The American Library Association ( ALA) announced their Youth Media Awards for 2014, which includes the Caldecott and Newbery medals. Kate DiCamillo won her second Newbery for Flora & Ulysses, the story of a young comic book fan and superhero squirrel. Ms. DiCamillo won the award previously for The Tale of Despereaux. You can find a list of all of the award winners, present and past, on the ALA's website.
To celebrate these awards, here are three Newbury Award winners that you can read today.
- In Moon Over Manifest (2011, Winner), 12-year old Abilene is sent to live with her father's friend, and learns about the history of the town and her family.
- When You Reach Me (2010, Winner) - Miranda lives with her mother in Manhattan and tries to decifer a series of notes that seem to come from a different time and place.
- After Tupac and D Foster (2009, Honor) - three friends bond over a love of rap music, until “D” must leave her foster home and return to her mother.