Among awards announced on Jan. 29 by the ALA were the:
- John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
- Coretta Scott King book awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults
- Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
- Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States and
- Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.
I’d already wanted to read Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell, winner in the ages 11 to 13 division, Schneider Family Book Award. The story of a sheltered princess on a dragon-hunting quest appealed to me, as did the book’s message that a person is not defined by physical limitations.
Today offered an opportunity to preview many more outstanding contributions to young readers’ literature. I look forward to reading many of them.