It's one of the biggest days of the year for fans of books for young people. This morning the 2013 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals were announced along with a slew of other awards. So without further delay, here are the winners (and honor books).
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER
This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenksi, written by Mary Logue
Click here to see a complete listing of other award winners for 2013, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished easy reader book), the Coretta Scott King Award (honoring African American authors and illustrators), the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators), and other distinguished book awards for children and young adults.
Congratulations to all the winners! I think we, the readers, are the real winners for having all these wonderful books to read.