Kate DiCamillo's latest novel for young adults, "Flora and Ulysses," is the winner of the 2014 John Newbery Medal, the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Association. The Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book went to "Locomotive" by Brian Floca, and the Michael L. Prinz Award for young adult literature went to Marcus Sedgwick's "Midwinterblood."
The annual prizes were announced Monday at the library association's midwinter meeting, held this year in Philadelphia. Authors are generally not present for the awards announcement.
The long list of awards included winners and runners-up in 21 categories.
Of the four awards named for Coretta Scott King that honor work by African-American authors and illustrators, the top book award went to "P.S. Be Eleven" by Rita Williams-Garcia.
The national organization's prizes, represented by gold and silver medallions on book covers, are considered a hallmark of quality books for children. The complete list of winners:
• John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," written by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press).
• Newbery Honors: "Doll Bones," written by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books); "The Year of Billy Miller," written by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books); "One Came Home," written by Amy Timberlake (Alfred A. Knopf); and "Paperboy," written by Vince Vawter (Delacorte Press).
• Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: "Locomotive," illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).
• Caldecott Honors: "Journey," written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Press); "Flora and the Flamingo," written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle Books); and "Mr. Wuffles!" written and illustrated by David Wiesner (Clarion Books).
• Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: "P.S. Be Eleven," written by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad).
• King Author Honors: "March: Book One," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions); "Darius & Twig," written by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers); and "Words With Wings," written by Nikki Grimes (WordSong).
• Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: "Midwinterblood," written by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook Press).
• Printz Honors: "Eleanor & Park," by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin's Griffin-Macmillan); "Kingdom of Little Wounds," by Susann Cokal (Candlewick Press); "Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch (Candlewick Press); and "Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Books for Young Readers).