For immediate release | May 31, 2011

An updated guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2011 award and honor books, the new edition of “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions in association with ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of these renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development, as well as a resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory. Retaining the streamlined look and format of recent editions, the 2011 guide also includes:

  • A thoughtful essay on children's literature today, by Barbara Kiefer, professor of children's literature at Ohio State University;
  • Explanations of criteria used to select the winners;
  • Updated bibliographic citations and indexes for the award winners.

For more than eight decades, librarians from ALSC have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. In addition, the ALSC division of ALA is committed to creating a nation of readers, starting with the youngest. ALSC supports all those providing library services to children, including youth librarians, teachers, families, literature experts, publishers and child advocates.

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