Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Attention, parents: The American Library Association's best books for kids

Monday was a remarkable day for children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney. The man who created the art for The Lion and the Mouse and dozens of other books for kids has already won many awards during a long career.

But when the American Library Association announced its 2016 youth media awards at its Boston midwinter conference, Pinkney, 76, received not one but two lifetime achievement awards: the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

The ALA's awards are eagerly awaited each year by librarians, educators and parents, not to mention publishers. The seal of approval granted by such prizes as the Caldecott and Newbery medals has put many books on the bestseller lists.

The 2016 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature went to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. It is only the second picture book to win the Newbery.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.

The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award went to Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia. The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award selection is Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.

David Levithan received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latino writer and illustrator. Rafael López won the illustrator award for The Drum Dream Girl, and Margarita Engle won the author award for Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir.

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

For information and a complete list of the youth media award winners, go to ilovelibraries.org/yma.

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