Jack Gantos, author of Dead End in Norvelt, and Chris Raschka, writer and illustrator of A Ball for Daisy, are the 2012 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. The awards were announced during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Dallas on January 23. The Newbery and Caldecott Medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the United States during the previous year.
2012 John Newbery Medal Winner
Dead End in Norvelt – “The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.”
Author Jack Gantos has won numerous awards. His book, Joey Pigza Loses Control, was named a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.
2012 Caldecott Medal Winner
A Ball for Daisy – “In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed. With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.”
Raschka has more than 40 children’s books to his credit. His 1994 book, Yo! Yes?, was a Caldecott Honor book and he also received a Caldecott Medal in 2006 for his work as an illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster.
2012 Newbery Honor Books
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Breaking Stalin’s Nose written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
2012 Caldecott Honor Books
- Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco
- Grandpa Green written and illustrated by Lane Smith
- Me … Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
The BSC Library will soon have all of these books in our Children’s Collection. Check them out!