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. It made de la Peña the first Hispanic writer to receive 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 coup. 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 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. It was 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. 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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COMMENTS (33)
  • tessf-6-bar
    1/25/2016 - 10:01 p.m.

    The impact of this award towards the author is that, "It made de la Pena the first Hispanic writer to receive the 94-year-old prize. It is one of the most cherished among children's writers." (paragraph 2).
    The impact of this award towards readers is that, "it inspires young Hispanics coming up to read their way through the world and consider a path in the arts" (paragraph 3)
    I have not read or heard of this book before but I am happy for the author who won.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    1/26/2016 - 11:41 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 this award will only make the book more popular. I was interested in this article because I love to learn about the 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.

  • bethanyk-
    1/27/2016 - 10:07 p.m.

    Book awards have a big impact on both authors and readers. If a book or author gets awarded, it will make more readers want to read the book. The author will make more money off of the book as well then. Readers like book awards because they give suggestions of the best books in a category. They are given to books that are successful, and would be something that is a good read. I use book awards as a way to determine if I would like to read a book.

  • jackw-4-bar
    1/29/2016 - 10:55 a.m.

    The impact that book awards have are, is they encourage writers to write their best work so they can win the prize. The impact it has on readers is it makes them want to read it. This article interested me because I like to see who wins the awards.

  • hharg-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:53 p.m.

    I think that if you want to write a book you should no matter what race you are. the fact the matt de la Pena wrote a book but he was Hispanic but it was his dream so he fought for the publication. He won a Newbery prize because he wrote his book so I think that because of his work he deserved the award.

  • travond-fel
    2/24/2016 - 02:07 p.m.

    awards incourage the writers

  • jacih-fel
    2/24/2016 - 02:08 p.m.

    The impact that book awards have are, is they encourage writers to write their best work so they can win the prize. The impact it has on readers is it makes them want to read it. This article interested me because I like to see who wins the awards.

  • mattv-fel
    2/24/2016 - 02:08 p.m.

    Book awards motivate the author to continue writing stories, and also help readers find good books. The awards show the book is highly respected and most likely a good book.

  • ethanw-fel
    2/24/2016 - 02:08 p.m.

    The impact on authors and readers is that it has a impact on younger people to become a author or reader.

  • coled-fel
    2/24/2016 - 02:09 p.m.

    CTQ: Book awards have impact on authors and readers because it could encourage the writers to write even better books, and the readers would be encouraged to read more of the writer's books.

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