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)
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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. It is awarded for the best children's book of 2015. It made de la Peña the first Hispanic writer to win the 94-year-old prize.  It is one of the most cherished among children's writers. 

"Last Stop on Market Street" came close to another rare triumph. It finished 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.  It was released through his publisher, Penguin Young Readers.
 
The winner of the Caldecott Medal was "Finding Winnie."  It is the story behind A.A. Milne's famous literary piece Winnie the Pooh. It was illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.
 
The Newbery and Caldecott awards were announced by the American Library Association. The organization was gathered in Boston for its annual midwinter meeting.
 
Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me" was the winner last fall of the National Book Award. It 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. He writes about racism and police violence. 
The association also handed out two lifetime achievement awards for a former Caldecott winner. One went to the illustrator Jerry Pinckney. Another lifetime achievement honor was given to novelist David Levithan. He works as editorial director at Scholastic.
 
Rita Williams-Garcia won her second Coretta Scott King Award in three years. She had the best book by a black writer. Williams-Garcia was cited for "Gone Crazy in Alabama." It is 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." It was written by Margarita Engle. Rafael Lopez won the Belpre illustrator prize for "The Drum Dream Girl," written by Margarita Engle.

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  • william1108-yyca
    1/25/2016 - 09:25 p.m.

    WOW! It looks like that the library has a lot of books. I have a library at school but it is not as big as a normal library. I also like to check out books. Maybe one day I will go to the biggest library in the world and maybe not.

  • josiec-1-bar
    1/25/2016 - 09:46 p.m.

    Book awards are able to give a positive, encouraging and educational impact on all authors and readers. For example the book the Last Stop on Market Street came from a view point of being able to, "...explore race and class through a young boy and grandmother's eyes..." This book gives an positive and encouraging impact on the readers and author because it is accepting different races, classes and different types of people all through out the book. The award can inspire the author of this book to produce more award-winning pieces of work to give to the community to educate them in a friendly and non-overwhelming way by pursuing it in a children's book. My opinioin is that book awards give readers confidence about what they are reading and they give authors confidence about what they are writing.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/25/2016 - 09:48 p.m.

    The national book of award winners might have been announced because the award winners which people might have wanted to choose what kind of award medal that people wanted to choose what looks better with it. The award winners might have been that people had are going to be deciding what kind of award medal for the book that people had are deciding which one fits the best for the book. The books might had been award winners that people had been deciding what kind of award winning book would be best for the book that people think that it needs a kind of award.
    Critical Thinking Question: What impact do book awards have on authors and readers?
    Answer: The impact is that the book would be awards on the author and the readers on how good that the book is.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    1/26/2016 - 11:35 p.m.

    Book awards for authors, make them want to write better literature in order to get an award. For the reader, these awards highlight the best literature and it encourages the reader to read them. The article says, "It is one of the most cherished among children's writers." This shows that this book is one of the most cherished, and the award will only make the book more popular. I was interested in this article because I love to learn about the authors of books. I was not surprised by this article because I'm sure the book that won is very well-deserving of a win.

  • ziont-orv-orv
    1/28/2016 - 04:40 p.m.

    Wow, I like books! I am glad that "Finding Winnie." won the Caldecott! :)

  • ellerys-1-bar
    1/28/2016 - 08:27 p.m.

    Book awards give authors a way to show potential readers that their book is something that could benefit their life in some way. An author that wins an award for their book now has an outlet to promote their book and show others that this is a book they should read and that other people have already agreed. For readers, reading a book that won an award is like a guarantee that this is a book that will change your life. This book that the reader saw on the award winning shelf at the bookstore is notably great and has already been noticed by literature critics and praised. For authors and readers, an award winning book is a guaranteed way to know this book has and will change lives.

  • madelinew-1-bar
    1/28/2016 - 11:57 p.m.

    I believe that book awards encourage authors to continue writing books and young people to continue reading.
    I enjoyed this article. I love reading and one of the things I want to do when I grow up is be a writer, so I really related to this article.

  • genevieveb-6-bar
    1/29/2016 - 12:36 a.m.

    Book awards impact authors and readers by bringing fame to the writer, therefore increasing the readers' mental library. In the article's middle, it states that,"['Between the World and Me'] was among 10 recipients of the Alex prize for adult books that appeal to teen readers" (paragraph 7). Since the awards are coveted and few people win the awards, those authors are put on a pedestal of acclaimed writers. Book awards impact both writers and readers due to the tight club of authors whom received the award, thereby heightening the want of their books by the general public.

    This article interested me because I am an avid reader and like to know what is going on in the world of literature.

  • maggiem-hol
    1/29/2016 - 01:18 p.m.

    There able to give a oositive and encouraging also educational impacts on both the writer and the reader and to all other authors. I really liked this article because it is pretty cool and I like to read book

  • mauricioa-hol
    2/01/2016 - 11:18 a.m.

    Book awards are able to give a positive, encouraging and educational impact on all authors and readers. For example the book the Last Stop on Market Street came from a view point of being able to, "...explore race and class through a young boy and grandmother's eyes..." This book gives an positive and encouraging impact on the readers and author because it is accepting different races, classes and different types of people all through out the book. The award can inspire the author of this book to produce more award-winning pieces of work to give to the community to educate them in a friendly and non-overwhelming way by pursuing it in a children's book. My opinioin is that book awards give readers confidence about what they are reading and they give authors confidence about what they are writing.

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