Hot off the press (ala announcements) -- here are the Newbery, Caldecott,
Coretta Scott King, etc. Awards for 1999.  Enjoy!  Thanks for all the e-mail
messages.  I'm much better now and doing needlepoint (it's mindless).  Sybil
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                ALA News Release
                For Immediate Release
                February 1, 1999=20

                American Library Association
                announces 1999=20
                Newbery, Caldecott medals,
                other major awards

                PHILADELPHIA - Winners of the 1999 Newbery and
                Caldecott awards - the most prestigious awards in
                children's literature - are Louis Sachar, author of "Holes,"
                and Mary Azarian, illustrator of "Snowflake Bentley."=20

                The Newbery and Caldecott medals and other awards
                were announced today at the American Library
                Association's 1999 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
                Considered the "Academy Awards" of children's book
                publishing, the Newbery and Caldecott medals honor
                outstanding writing and illustration of works published in
                the U.S. during the previous year.=20

                Sachar's "Holes," published by Frances Foster Books /
                Farrar Straus and Giroux, tells the story of Stanley
                Yelnats. The heir to his family's curse of bad luck,
                Stanley is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. He
                serves his sentence at Camp Green Lake, a dry, flat
                wasteland where the warden assigns each inmate the task
                of digging one deep hole every day. Hole by hole,
                Stanley and his friend Zero, dig their destiny.=20

                Committee Chair Virginia McKee said, "'Holes' is
                masterfully unified in character, setting and theme. As
                timeless and as outrageously funny as a tall tale, 'Holes'
                ultimately charts the heroic journey of two very real

                "Snowflake Bentley," winner of the Caldecott Medal for
                the most distinguished American picture book, was
                published by Houghton Mifflin Company. The book
                takes children back to the days when farmers worked
                with ox and sled and cut the dark with lantern light. It
                introduces Wilson Bentley, a boy who loved snow more
                than anything in the world and is determined that one day
                his camera would capture the extraordinary and unique
                beauty of snowflakes.=20

                Committee Chair Barbara Barstow said, "'Snowflake
                Bentley' has a beautiful and thoughtful design, a poetic
                and informative text, distinguished illustrations, universal
                appeal and resonance. Mary Azarian, a Vermont artist
                who loves snow as much as Wilson Bentley, has created
                strong and skillfully carved woodcuts that portray
                sensible, sturdy characters and a timeless rural

                One Newbery Honor Book was chosen. Richard Peck
                received the distinction for "A Long Way from Chicago,"
                published by Dial Books for Young Readers.=20

                The Caldecott Committee cited four Honor Book
                illustrators. They are: Brian Pinkney for "Duke Ellington:
                The Piano Prince and His Orchestra," written by Andrea
                Davis Pinkney and published by Hyperion Books for
                Children; David Shannon for " No, David!" published by
                The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.; Uri
                Shulevitz for "Snow," published by Farrar Straus Giroux;
                and Peter S=EDs for "Tibet Through the Red Box," published
                by Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux.=20

                Coretta Scott King Awards=20

                The winner of this year's Coretta Scott King Author
                Award is Angela Johnson for "Heaven," published by
                Simon & Schuster. The Coretta Scott King Illustrator
                Award goes to Michele Wood for "i see the rhythm,"
                published by Children's Book Press.=20

                The King Awards, which this year celebrate a 30th
                anniversary, honor African American authors and
                illustrators of outstanding books for children and young
                adults -- fiction or nonfiction -- that demonstrate
                sensitivity to the true worth and value of all people.=20

                In "Heaven," a teenage girl's life is altered by shattering
                truths that lead her to question the endearing and secure
                family relationships that she enjoys. Unforeseen
                circumstances thrust her into a state of confusion when
                she learns that her parents are not her birth parents.=20

                King Award Jury Chair Deborah Taylor said, "The
                author's compelling first-person narrative is a finely tuned
                vehicle for an engaging protagonist who speaks with
                refreshing candor typical of adolescence. Powerful
                characters and a precise story line give a resonant voice
                to a credible plot and provocative theme. Johnson's fluid
                writing is an invitation for the reader to deepen an
                appreciation for the universal search for self identity."=20

                "i see the rhythm" is a multi-layered history of African
                American music that celebrates the far-reaching impact of
                this art form. The rich text includes words from songs of
                the various eras, definitions of musical styles and valuable
                chronological time lines.=20

                "Vibrant, expressionistic paintings blend with innovative
                fonts and creative page design to enrich this visual
                chronicle of African-American music from the drum beats
                of Africa to stirring gospel to the contemporary rhythms
                of fun, rap and hip hop," Taylor said.=20

                The King Committee selected three Author Honor
                Books: "Jazmin's Notebook," by Nikki Grimes,
                published by Dial Books; "Breaking Ground, Breaking
                Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial
                Ground," by Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan,
                published by Henry Holt and Company; and "The Other
                Side: Shorter Poems," by Angela Johnson, published by
                Orchard Books.=20

                The committee selected three King Illustrator Honor
                Books: "I Have Heard of A Land," illustrated by Floyd
                Cooper and published by Joanna Cotler Books, an
                Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; "The Bat Boy & His
                Violin," illustrated by E.B. Lewis, published by Simon &
                Schuster Books for Young Readers; and "Duke Ellington:
                The Piano Prince and His Orchestra," illustrated by Brian
                Pinkney, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and published
                by Hyperion Books for Children.=20

                Margaret A. Edwards Award=20

                The 1999 winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for
                lifetime achievement is popular science fiction writer
                Anne McCaffrey.=20

                The Margaret Edwards Award, established in 1988,
                honors an author's lifetime contribution in writing books
                of enduring popularity with teenagers. The award is
                sponsored by School Library Journal and is
                administered by ALA's Young Adult Library Services
                Association. Criteria include literary quality and
                popularity with young adults.=20

                McCaffrey is the author of many popular books including
                the Dragonriders of Pern Series, which includes,
                "Dragonflight," "Dragonquest" and "White Dragon," from
                Del Rey Publishers. She is the author of "The Ship Who
                Sang," from Del Rey. She wrote the Harper Hall Trilogy:
                "Dragonsong," "Dragonsinger" and "Dragondrums,"
                published by Bantam.=20

                Committee Chair Jana Fine said, "Anne McCaffrey's
                books have become science fiction classics and have
                impressed young adult readers for 30 years. Although set
                in imaginary worlds, McCaffrey's focus on the personal
                and emotional needs of human beings mirrors the quest of
                today's teens to find their own place in society."=20

                Mildred L. Batchelder Award=20

                Dial Books for Young Readers is the recipient of the
                1999 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for "Thanks to My
                Mother." The award is given for the best children's book
                first published in a foreign language in a foreign country
                and subsequently translated into English for publication in
                the United States.=20

                Originally published in Hebrew and translated into
                German and then into English, "Thanks to My Mother"
                was written by Schoschana Rabinovici, edited by Cindy
                Kane and translated by James Skofield.=20

                In "Thanks to My Mother," 8-year-old Schoschana
                Rabinovici recounts her harrowing childhood experiences
                from the time that the German Army invades her home in
                Lithuania to her liberation from a concentration camp by
                the Russian Army at the end of World War II. It is her
                mother's indomitable spirit and awe-inspiring
                steadfastness that rescues them both from the
                Holocaust's shadow of death.=20

                The Batchelder Committee chose one Honor Book.
                Viking receives the distinction for "Secret Letters From 0
                to 10," originally published in French, written by Susie
                Morgenstern, edited by Jill Davis and translated by Gill

                Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in
                Children's Video=20

                Producer Frank Moynihan is the winner of the 1999
                Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for
                "The First Christmas." The award, now in its ninth year,
                honors an outstanding American video production for
                children released during the previous year.=20

                "The First Christmas" was directed by Linsay van Blerk
                and distributed by billy budd films, inc. Moynihan has
                produced and distributed over 50 films and videos. Using
                clay animation, the video tells the well-known story of the
                birth of Jesus. Narrated by Christopher Plummer,
                accompanied by traditional Christmas music, this
                rendition is enhanced by colloquial dialogue and delightful
                touches of humor.=20

                May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award=20

                Hazel Rochman, assistant editor, books for youth, for
                Booklist, the review magazine of the American Library
                Association, has been selected to deliver the May Hill
                Arbuthnot Lecture in spring 2000.=20

                Each year, an individual of distinction in the field of
                children's literature is selected to deliver the lecture, a
                paper prepared by the recipient that will make a
                significant contribution to children's literature. Rochman,
                noted critic and reviewer, was born and raised in South
                Africa under apartheid and worked there as a journalist
                until she left the country in 1963. A former teacher and
                school librarian, she is an ardent advocate for all people
                to explore and understand other cultures.=20

                Rochman received the 1994 G.K. Hall Award for
                Library Literature for her book "Against Borders:
                Promoting Books for a Multicultural World."=20

                For more award information, see the Association for
                Library Service to Children's website:

                Copyright =A9 1999, American Library Association.=20

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