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The winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this morning. While none of our librarians picked the medal winners, we are proud to say that they selected quite a few of the honor books:

Miss Kristie at Cinnaminson Library

Leave Me Alone
by Vera Brosgol

Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.


Miss Holly at Evesham Library

They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.



Miss Ann Marie at Bordentown Library

The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.



Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner.

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol; Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; and They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner.

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly; and Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk.