A book about a Japanese-American girl growing up in the South and another about a kitten who mistakes the moon for her bowl of milk garnered top honors on Monday from the American Library Association.
“Kira-Kira,” by Cynthia Kadohata, received the 2005 John Newbery Award at the ALA’s annual meeting at Boston on Monday. The award honors outstanding writing in a book for young people. A 15-member committee of librarians and children’s literature experts selected “Kira-Kira,” said committee head Susan Faust.
“What’s really compelling here is the quietude of the book, in that there’s both pathos and humor, and I think that the book kind of radiates a sense of hope from the inside out,” Faust said.
Another committee gave the Randolph Caldecott Award for illustration to Kevin Henkes for “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” a book for children age 2 to 5 about a kitten who believes the moon is her bowl of milk.
Betsy Hearne, the head of the Caldecott Committee, called the book “the perfect read-aloud experience.”
“We choose Caldecott Medal books for their enduring quality, and this is a book that when someone reads it aloud 20 years from now, it will have the same depth that it has today,” she said.
Toni Morrison, author of “Remember: The Journey to School Integration,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “Ellington Was Not a Street,” received the Coretta Scott King Award, which the ALA gives to African-American authors and illustrators,
Meg Rosoff won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for her book “How I Live Now,” a novel about a young American girl who is living in England when it is suddenly occupied by terrorists.
Next year, the ALA will begin awarding the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for an outstanding book for beginning readers. Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote “The Cat in the Hat” and other beloved books for youngsters.