Fans of kid lit look forward to the Youth Media Awards every year, in which the American Library Association announces the year's best children's book authors and illustrators in a variety of categories. This morning, the awards were announced in Dallas.

You can read the full list of winners here. The list includes many BookPage favorites; here's a sampling:

John Newbery Medal ("for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature"):
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (FSG)

Newbery Honors:
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)

Randolph Caldecott Medal ("for the most distinguished American picture book for children"):
A Ball for Daisy, written & illustrated by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade)

Caldecott Honors:
Blackout, written & illustrated by John Rocco, (Disney-Hyperion)
Grandpa Green, written & illustrated by Lane Smith ( Roaring Brook Press)
Me . . . Jane, written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)

Michael L. Printz Award ("for excellence in literature written for young adults"):
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum Books)

Printz Honors:
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Little, Brown)
The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial Books)
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Knopf)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award ("recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults"):
Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Honors:
Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North (Amistad)
Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten (Schwartz & Wade Books)

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Shane W. Evans, author & illustrator Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (Roaring Brook Press)

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor:
Kadir Nelson, author & illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzar + Bray)

Do you have a favorite from this bunch? Were you surprised by any of the annoucements?

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