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Hello Lighthouse

A picture book focused on life in a lighthouse and a novel about how a strong-willed girl cycles her way through life’s challenges NABBED  top honors from the American Library Association (ALA) on Jan. 28.

It’s a big event called the Youth Media Awards, where top-notch children’s and young adult books and digital media receive recognition. The awards end with ALA picks for the Caldecott and Newberry medals, the most PRESTIGIOUS  and oldest awards for American children’s books. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book of the previous year goes to “Hello Lighthouse,” illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

The ALA Caldecott Committee summed up her book, “masterful ink and watercolor illustrations illuminate the story of a lighthouse and the family inside. You’ll be amazed by the artwork and the rhythmic way the story is told.

Blackall also earned the Caldecott Med al in 2016 for her book, “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.” What a talent!

The top annual honor for a children’s novel is the John Newbery Medal, first awarded in 1922. For 2019 the medal goes to “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” by Meg Medina. The ALA Newbery committee de scribes this must-read book, “using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her inter-generational family.

”The Newbery Honor Books are “The Night Diary,” by Veera Hiranandani and “The Book of Boy,” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr.

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