The American Library Association handed out their annual children’s book awards yesterday. The prestigious Newberry Medal went to Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book. Jen reviewed The Graveyard Book for BGB, and she says she knew it was a special book all along.
In addition to the Newberry and Caldecott honors, the ALA also honored BGB favorite Mo Willems with the Geisel Award honoring the most distinguished book for beginning readers for Are You Ready to Play Outside?
The Alex Awards, which I had never heard of, honor the best adult books for teen readers. Among the crop selected for recognition are Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound (BGB review), Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (BGB review and one of my year-end favorites), and The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.
Speaking of books for kids, I wrote about my household’s love of Oliver Jeffers’ books in my year-end appreciation of kids’ books (which also featured Mo Willems). The Guardian talks to Jeffers about his new book (excellent), and they have a gallery feature highlighting some of his books. If you have a small kid around, check it out.