We always look forward to the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Awards, and this morning was filled with delight (and some surprise!) over this year's recipients.

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamilloWe're perhaps most ecstatic that Kate DiCamillo won the 2014 Newbery Medal for Flora & Ulysses, the adventurous, hilarious story of a cynical, comic-loving girl who befriends a most unusual squirrel. (We were looking forward to this one several months before it came out; watch us chat with DiCamillo about seal blubber, poetry and giant donuts here.)

Mad props to our teen literature expert, Jill Ratzan, for predicting the Printz winner! She shared her prediction for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, saying, "Midwinterblood makes its readers work hard to uncover its secrets. That makes it a top Printz contender in my book." Seven intertwined narratives, full of blood and magic, unfold in reverse chronological order on a mysterious, remote island.

We are also tickled that Brian Floca won the Caldecott Medal for Locomotive, a gorgeous picture book about the beginnings of the transcontinental railroad in the United States.

Here's a (partial) list of the 2014 Youth Media Award winners. Find the full list here, and click the links below to read coverage in BookPage.

 

Locomotive by Brian Floca2014 CALDECOTT MEDAL
Locomotive by Brian Floca (Atheneum)

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS:

 

2014 NEWBERY MEDAL
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)

NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS:

 

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick2014 PRINTZ AWARD
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook)

PRINTZ HONOR BOOKS:

 

MARGARET A. EDWARDS AWARD (lifetime achievement in writing for young adults)
Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

 

So, what do you think, readers? We're definitely thrilled by some, surprised by others.

For even more recommendations for fantastic children's and teen books, see our list of the Best Children's Books for 2013.

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