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Kate DiCamillo wins Newbery Medal

“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

Somerville’s Candlewick Press scored big time at the American Library Association’s annual youth book and media awards, which were announced Monday morning. Candlewick’s “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo took home the prestigious Newbery Medal, which honors the author of the year’s best children’s book. DiCamillo also won the Newbery in 2003 for “The Tale of Despereaux,” and was a finalist in 2000 for “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Candlewick published two other winners: “Fat Angie” by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, which won a Stonewall Book Award, and “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina, which took the Pura Belpre Award for a Latino writer. The independent press, owned by its employees, including some 85 staff members and 155 authors and illustrators, also published five of the awards finalists. The Caldecott Medal for picture book went to “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca. The Caldecott and the Newbery are the oldest and most celebrated awards in children’s literature and can boost the winners’ sales. Other winners: Marcus Sedgwick’s “Midwinterblood” received the Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult book. Rita Williams-Garcia’s “P.S. Be Eleven” won the Coretta Scott King Book Award for best African-American book. The King award for illustration went to Bryan Collier for “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me.” And the Odyssey Award for best audiobook for children and/or young adults went to Daniel Kraus’s “Scowler.” The long list of winners was delivered during a ceremony that was as sane as Sunday night’s Grammys weren’t.

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