Monday was a massive day for US children’s and YA literature prizes – so let’s all celebrate this year’s winners of the 2016 Newbery medal, Caldecott illustration medal and the Printz award for YA lit – all awarded by the the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) which is part of the American Library Association (ALA). It’s a VERY big deal to win.
First up we have Matt de la Peña who has won the Newbery for his book Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by GP Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group in the US. We hope it’s going to be available to buy in UK bookshops soon too.
Last stop on Market street
Last Stop on Market Street tells the story of CJ’s journey with his Nana. It’s not just a simple bus ride; but a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him.
“Read it aloud to someone. The use of language to elicit questions, to spark imagination and to make us laugh is at its best when spoken,” said Newbery medal committee chair Ernie J Cox.
Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book in 2016, with her beautiful pictures in Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, part of Hachette in the UK.
It’s the gorgeous story of the friendship between a soldier (Harry Colebourn, who is the great grandfather of the author Lindsay Mattick) and the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh. If you want to know more about the story and see more pictures check out our gallery The story of how Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear.
Sophie Blackall is an Australian-born illustrator based in New York. She first learned to draw in the sand with a stick at the beach and has illustrated over 30 books.
Read more at The Guardian.
Image source The Guardian.