It's that time of year again! Every January the American Library Association announces the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. Now that the results are in for the 2017 awards, we are excited to share! Drum roll, please....
2017 Newbery Medal Award Winner
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest in hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides to raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch.
2017 Newbery Honor Books
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written byAdam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly
Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, by Ashley Bryan
2017 Caldecott Medal Award Winner
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.