2014 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards Announced
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the 2014 winner of the John Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Illustrated by K.G. Campbell, DiCamillo’s mash-up of comics, prose, and even poetry, is a high-energy romp about a lonely girl named Flora and her super-hero friend, Ulysses, who happens to be a squirrel.
This year’s winner of the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book is Locamotive by Brian Floca, a detailed and beautifully illustrated story of 19th century train travel. And the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature went to Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood, a darkly atmospheric tale encompassing both past and future, told in reverse chronological order.
The awards were announced on January 27 at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Philadelphia.
Newbery Award Honor Books:
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Caldecott Award Honor Books:
Journey by Aaron Becker
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Michael L. Printz Award Honor Books:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool