Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the John Newbery Medal, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award, given each year since 1922 is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors in children’s literature.
The American Library Association has announced that Rachel Hartman won the William C. Morris Award for best debut fiction for her novel Seraphina. The William C. Morris YA Debut Award was first awarded in 2009 and honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
The American Library Association announced that Tamara Pierce was the recipient of this year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented for lifetime achievement in young adult literature. The Margaret A. Edwards Award was established in 1988 to honor an author for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.
The 2011 RUSA Reading List has been announced at the ALA. The RUSA Readling list is compiled by the Reference and User Services Association and names a winner in several categories, along with releasing a list of books that are similar to the winners and a listing of the runners up. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below. Click the link for a full list of winners, suggestions, and runners up.
- Fantasy: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Horror: The Dead Path, by Stephen M. Irwin
- Science Fiction: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald