A Good Week for Children’t Literature

If you’re about children’s literature, then this has been a big week already. Monday marked the first day of registration for our March conference Spring: Nature’s Revised Draft. For a quick preview and links to workshop sessions to help polish your critique submission, check out Laura’s post from Saturday.

The other bit of news is actually a big one. Yesterday the American Library Association announced the 2014 Youth Media Award winners. This is the Oscars of children’s literature, which includes the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott awards.

This year’s John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press). This is not her first huge honor this year. She is also the 2014 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children is LOCOMOTIVE written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing).

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The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding book for children and young adults went to Rita Williams-Garcia for P.S. BE ELEVEN (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

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The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was awarded to MIDWINTERBLOOD, written by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group).

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These are just four of the awards. I encourage you to go to the press release to view all the winners and honorees. Your to read list will definitely grow. Mine did!

See you Friday when we wrap up this big week with the first Coffee and Conversation with one of our March conference faculty members. Happy writing and illustrating!

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About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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