National book award winners announced "Finding Winnie" illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick was the winner of the Caldecott Medal. (YouTube/Thinkstock)
National book award winners announced
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Matt de la Peña's and Christian Robinson's "Last Stop on Market Street" nearly made history twice Jan. 18.
 
The illustrated exploration of race and class through the eyes of a boy and his grandmother won the Newbery Medal for the best children's book of 2015, making de la Peña the first Hispanic writer to receive the 94-year-old prize, one of the most cherished among children's writers. It came close to another rare coup by finishing as a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal for the top illustrated book.
 
"I hope all the brilliant Hispanic writers of the past and present view this as a recognition of our diverse community and that it inspires young Hispanics coming up to read their way through the world and consider a path in the arts," de la Peña said in a statement released through his publisher, Penguin Young Readers.
 
The winner of the Caldecott Medal was "Finding Winnie," the story behind A.A. Milne's famous literary creation Winnie the Pooh, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.
 
The Newbery and Caldecott awards were announced by the American Library Association, which has gathered in Boston for its annual midwinter meeting.
 
Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," winner last fall of the National Book Award, was among 10 recipients of the Alex prize for adult books that appeal to teen readers. Coates' book is an open letter to his teenage son about racism and police violence. The association also handed out two lifetime achievement awards for a former Caldecott winner, the illustrator Jerry Pinckney. Another lifetime achievement honor was given to novelist David Levithan, who works as editorial director at Scholastic.
 
Rita Williams-Garcia won her second Coretta Scott King Award in three years for the best book by a black writer. Williams-Garcia was cited for "Gone Crazy in Alabama," the third of a trilogy about the Gaither sisters. Laura Ruby's "Bone Gap" won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. The Belpre award for best Latino/Latina book was given to "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir," written by Margarita Engle. Rafael Lopez won the Belpre illustrator prize for "The Drum Dream Girl," written by Margarita Engle.

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What impact do book awards have on authors and readers?
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COMMENTS (9)
  • natalier-4-bar
    1/26/2016 - 08:40 p.m.

    The impact book awards have on authors and readers is huge. Awarding an author with an award not only inspires them to keep writing and make them very proud and accomplished but, it also gets the word about the book out to the readers and when books win huge awards more people will likely read it. Also if people have already read the book and they see it got an award and they had a personal connection to the story it makes the reader feel like their story is excepted. Matt de la Pena, winner of the Newberry berry children's book award of 2015 said,"'I hope all the brilliant Hispanic writers of the past and present view this as a recognition of our diverse community and that it inspires young Hispanics coming up to read their way through the world and consider a path in the arts,"(paragraph three). De la Pena's words inspire readers to write and that their story is accepted and the award proved that. I didn't really like this article that much because I was expecting to learn about how the awards have changed the authors but, it was pretty much just a list of all the winners and maybe a quote from two of them.

  • sahqueenw-pay
    1/27/2016 - 11:02 a.m.

    I think the National Book Awards need to go back and choose some different books as the winners. Those children books such as "Finding Winnie" are probably so cliche that it's laughable. I have read many other book that twice as good as the Nation Book Award winners. This is how I feel on this article.

  • briannec-ste
    1/28/2016 - 05:12 p.m.

    Someday I would love to write a book, even if I don't win an award. If I do win an award it would be important to me. It takes a lot to write a book, patients is one thing that I don't have.

  • oliviaw-4-bar
    1/29/2016 - 10:32 a.m.

    The act of having one's beloved novel or picture book nationally recognized and rewarded not only benefits the author, but the reader as well. Authors whose books have won awards such as the Newberry or the Caldecott not only receive amazing recognition for the tremendous amount of work it is to write any book, but they can also have a tremendous influence on their audience by providing inspiration. Authors like Matt de la Pena "hope all the brilliant Hispanic writers of the past and present view [their achievement] as a recognition of [their] diverse community and that it inspires young Hispanics coming up to read their way through the world and consider a path in the arts." I found this article truly inspirational not only to myself, but I think it can serve as an inspiration to many young, aspiring writers.

  • julianc-bag
    2/02/2016 - 10:07 p.m.

    I think the impact on book writers from announcing book awards is it inspires others and themselves.

  • abbyf-lam
    2/03/2016 - 08:06 p.m.

    I think that it is important to acknowledge writers of all ethnicities, and that it is great that the world has finally started doing this. It's also cool that authors who have received awards in the past are receiving recognition of their old work along with their new work.

  • destinyg-dal
    2/05/2016 - 11:44 a.m.

    The cool thing in this book is how they mentioned ''The last stop to market street'' in this article because when we got our Scholastic paper and our Book fair paper I saw the book, ''The last stop to market street.''

    Also I know new-berry medal is a big award.

    So good job if you ever earned one.

  • laurenc-bag
    2/06/2016 - 09:04 p.m.

    Book awards, I believe, have a positive affect on the authors and readers of books. Authors get more recognition for their creativity and it may seem more appealing to readers who've seen their book and may not have wanted to read it before. It also inspires readers to create their own books and gives them hope that maybe one day, their books will inspire even more kids like them.

  • giovanniv-dal
    2/08/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    The impact of the readers is now the Hispanics feel good about writing books and now Hispanics win a lot of awards about books.

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