ALA award winners!

ALA award winners! 

Today the American Library Association released its picks for 2020 ALA award winners in youth media. You can read their press release here.

What’s new?

ALA award winnersNew Kid, written by Jerry Craft, won the 2020 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Craft’s story also won the Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American author.

A quick scan shows that New Kid is the story of seventh-grader Jordan Banks whose parents send him out of his neighborhood to a private school where he looks and feels different from the other students.

“…..sigh….only five and a half more years left.”

What about award winners for younger children?

ALA award winnersOur beloved author Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal with illustrator Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated. This book was originally performed for ESPN’s show by the same name, and offers history, perspective on the present, and insight into the future. 

“This is for the unflappable. The sophisticated ones who box adversity and tackle vision.”

Next steps

I’ve ordered copies of both ALA award winners to share at our center. Selfishly, though, I’m going to read them first! I’ll be quick about it and will post my thoughts to our blog, and then place the books in our family room for your use.



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