February 22, 2018

Newbery and Caldecott Awards Presented at ALA, Morrison Wins King Prize

By LJ Staff

Cynthia Kadohata and Kevin Henkes were named the respective winners of the annual Newbery and Caldecott medals during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Boston, January 14-17. Kadohata won for Kira-Kira (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster), which follows a Japanese family during the 1950s and 1960s, while illustrator and author Henkes’s Kitten’s First Full Moon (Greenwillow) earned him the top illustration award. Additionally, Toni Morrison’s initial venture into young adult historical publishing garnered her the Coretta Scott King Award for Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin). Kadir Nelson also received a King prize for his illustrations of Ellington Was Not a Street (Simon & Schuster), a depiction of the Harlem Renaissance presented in the style of oil paintings and set to Ntozake Shange’s poem Mood Indigo.