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American Library Association Announces 2012 Youth Media Award Winners

By Press Release | Posted Feb. 15, 2012 | February 15 2012

A list of all the 2012 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Dead End in Norvelt written by Jack Gantos, is the 2012 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: Inside Out & Back Again written by Thanhha Lai and published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; and Breaking Stalin's Nose written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, is the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Blackout illustrated and written by John Rocco, and published by Disney • Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group; Grandpa Green illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; and Me…Jane illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell, and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Where Things Come Back written by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Why We Broke Up written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group; The Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA; Jasper Jones written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; and The Scorpio Races written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

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 is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Two King Author Honor Book recipients were selected: Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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