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On January 28, 2013, the American Library Association announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults, including the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award, Newbery Medal, and Printz Award. With more than 20,000 children’s book titles published each year, to be chosen as a winner or an honor book is remarkable accomplishment.

The John Newbery Medal was approved by the executive board of the American Library Association in 1922, and was the first award ever given to a children’s book, not only in the United States, but in the world. It is awarded to the book making the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This year’s Newbery winner is “The One and Only Ivan”, written by Katherine Applegate.

Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin, “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz, and “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal, celebrating its 75 th birthday this year, is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished picture book in the United States. This year’s Caldecott Medal was awarded to “This Is Not My Hat”, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Five Caldecott Honor Books were named this year: “Creepy Carrots!”, illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds, “Extra Yarn”, illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett, “Green”, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, “One Cool Friend” illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo, and “Sleep Like a Tiger”, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented in two categories, one for author, and one for illustrator, recognizing two African Americans for their outstanding books for children and young adults. This year’s author award was presented for “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America”, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. This year’s illustrator award was presented for “I, Too, Am America”, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes.

The Michael L. Printz Award is for excellence in literature written for young adults.

This year’s winner is “In Darkness”, written by Nick Lake. Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz, “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, and “White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna.

This year’s Robert F. Sibert informational Book Award was presented for “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon”, by Steve Sheinkin. Three Sibert Honor Books were also named: “Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin” by Robert Byrd, “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor 895” written by Phillip M. Hoose, and “Titanic: Voices for the Disaster” written by Deborah Hopkinson.

For a complete list of winners for this year’s awards, including the Theodor Geisel Award and the Laura lngalls Wilder Award, visit us at Calais Free Library or www.ala.org.