Newbery goes to ‘Last Stop’

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Matt de la Pena won the Newbery Medal for the best children’s book of 2015, “Last Stop on Market Street.”

De la Pena, a  California native who lives in Brooklyn, is a frequent visitor to such Austin locales as the Writing Barn and the Texas Book Festival.

The book deals with race and class and is illustrated by Christian Robinson. It was also a finalist for the Caldecott Medal, which was award to “Finding Winnie,” written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. It’s about the writings of A.A. Milne, author of “Winnie the Pooh.”

Both awards were announced Monday by the American Library Association, which is meeting in Boston this week.

 

The Newbery and Caldecott awards are among the most cherished in children’s literature. They were announced Monday by the American Library Association, which has gathered in Boston for its annual midwinter meeting.

Lifetime achievement awards were given to illustrator Jerry Pinckney and novelist David Levithan.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “Between the World and Me,” was among 10 winners of the Alex prize for adult books that appeal to teens.

Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Award for the best book by an African-American writer. Williams-Garcia was cited for “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” the third of a trilogy about the Gaither sisters.

Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

The Belpre award for best Latino/Latina book was given to “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” written by Margarita Engle. Rafael Lopez won the Belpre illustrator prize for “The Drum Dream Girl,” written by Margarita Engle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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