2007 Newbery and Caldecott winners announced

originally posted February 1, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; one link deleted, one link updated; no text revisions

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its annual award winners and runners-up for 2007. The anticipated announcements came on January 22 at the association’s mid-winter conference.

Winner of this year’s John Newbery Medal (for outstanding writing in children’s literature) is The Higher Power of Lucky, which was written by Susan Patron and illustrated by Matt Phelan. Newbery Honor Books are Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson; Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm; and Rules by Cynthia Lord.

The Randolph Caldecott Winner (for best picture book) this year is Flotsam by David Wiesner. Two other books received Caldecott Honor status: Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.

Winners of additional awards are listed at the ALA Web site.

UPDATE: As of May 2021, the American Library Association (administrators of these two awards) provides an annual search feature on its website that allows visitors to find winners of the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal by year. Visit the ALA website for a list of other ALA Book, Print, and Media Awards and links to descriptions, application instructions, and the latest winners.

image information: Featured image, via FallenStarStories.blogspot.com, a blog of childrens books and other ephemera, by children’s bookbuyer Mary Esther Judy.