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The American Booksellers Association announced this morning the Newbery and Caldecott Medal Awards for 2009:

 2009 Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book  (HarperCollins)


Newbery Honor Books:

  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (S&S/Atheneum)
  • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt)
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law (Dial/Walden Media)
  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)

2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children:

Beth Krommes,  The House in the Night (Houghton Mifflin), written by Susan Marie Swanson


Caldecott Honor Books:

  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)
  • How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz (FSG)
  •  A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans)

See the ABA page for the other awards given and more information; also this Publisher’s Weekly site.