The American Library Association (ALA) annual Midwinter meeting in January is the occasion for major award recognition to be bestowed upon worthy Children’s and Adult titles published the previous year. At this year’s event, now underway in Boston, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House Audio, and Penguin Random House Adult books and authors won multiple awards, including two of the most coveted: the Newbery Medal and the Odyssey Award.
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) was awarded the Newbery Medal for its outstanding contribution to children’s literature, a Caldecott Honor as one of the most distinguished American picture books for children, and a Coretta Scott King illustrator award for demonstrating an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley won the Odyssey Award, the top prize for an Audiobook production. The Penguin Audio title is produced by Karen Dzienkonski and narrated by Jayne Entwhistle. This book also received a Newbery Honor.
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books for Young Readers) received a Newbery Honor.
- David Levithan received the Margaret Edwards Award, bestowed for his body of work, published by Random House Children’s Books, which have made a significant and lasting contribution to Young Adult Literature.
Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books authors and their books also received these awards and honors:
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
for most distinguished beginning reader book went to Don't Throw It to Mo!
by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Penguin Young Readers). Among the three Geisel Honor Books
was A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin Young Readers).
Among the Robert F. Sibert Honor Books
, acknowledging the most distinguished informational book for children, was Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran (Dial Books for Young Readers).
The Schneider Family Book Awards
, recognizing books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, went to:
Warm congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishers!