Author Richard Peck and illustrator David Small are the 2001 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the highest honors in children's literature.
Peck's novel "A Year Down Yonder" (ages 9-12) is an evocative series of vignettes about a young girl from Chicago, who during the Great Depression, spends a year in rural Illinois with her feisty grandmother.
Small's illustrations for "So You Want to Be President?" (ages 9-12) drew praise from the committee for "liberat[ing] the presidents from years of bulletin-board duty" with his expressive drawings.
This year's Coretta Scott King Awards for best works by African-Americans went to Jacqueline Woodson, author of "Miracle Boys" (ages 9-12), a story of brothers in contemporary Harlem, and to Bryan Collier, illustrator of "Uptown" (ages 4-8), a story that brings Harlem to life through paint and photo collages.
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