YMAs: The Librarian Oscars

It’s that time of year again: the selection of the Newbery and Caldecott award winners! Last week, librarians from across the country gathered in Chicago for their midwinter conference. The culminating event: the Youth Media Awards!

There were lots of surprises this year.

  • The Caldecott committee decided to give six books the Honor (the number of honor books in any given year is at the committee’s discretion, but they usually go with 3-5).
  • Caldecott frontrunner The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee didn’t even receive an honor.
  • The Newbery winner also received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor.
  • Both Newbery and Caldecott award winners were completely unexpected.

Caldecott Honors:

  • Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • The  Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
  • This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

And this year’s Caldecott Medal winner:


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Newbery Honors:

  • El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell
  • Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson

And the winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal is

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

For more on the awards (including the Coretta Scott King award, Printz award, and the Sibert informational book award), head on over to the ALA’s press release.


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