Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd wins the Newbery Medal honoring the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
Winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards recognizing African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults this year were: Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Elijah of Buxton, and Ashley Bryan, who illustrated and wrote Let It Shine.
Margarita Engle, author of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, and Yuyi Morales, illustrator of Los Gatos Black on Halloween, are the respective winners of the Pura Belpré Award honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.
The National Book Award in the category for young people’s literature was awarded to Sherman Alexie for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
The Green Earth Book Award sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation, honors fiction books published in America that promote environmental activism or inspire appreciation for the environment. This year the O.R. Melling book for young adults The Light Bearer’s Daughter.