Caldecott, Newbery Medal winners announced
Exactly as predicted, Rebecca Stead ("When You Reach Me") and Jerry Pinkney ("The Lion & the Mouse") took top honors.
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The two Caldecott Honor Books were "All the World" illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon, and "Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors" illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.Skip to next paragraph
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The Coretta Scott King awards were also announced. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson won the Coretta Scott King Author award for "Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshal," illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Charles R. Smith Jr. won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for "My People" written by Langston Hughes.
"Mare's War" by Tanita S. Davis was also selected as a King Author Honor Book. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," illustrated by E.B. Lewis and written by Langston Hughes, was chosen as a King Illustrator Honor Book.
The Newbery Medal has been awarded since 1922. The Caldecott Medal dates back to 1938. But this year, adding a 21st-century digital-age feel to the awards process, there was Twitter. The news of the award to Rebecca Stead was actually tweeted out by an eager Random House employee several minutes before it was announced at the awards ceremony.