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Let's all put on our listening ears as the American Library Association names the year's best children's books

The American Library Association, an organization whose name beams civility while gently shushing you, has quietly named 2010’s Youth Media Award winners—a list of the books, audiobooks, and videos deemed the best in children’s entertainment. This year’s prestigious Newbery Medal went to Clare Vanderpool’s Moon Over Manifest, a mystery set in Great Depression-era Kansas, while the ALA’s other top award, the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book, went to A Sick Day For Amos McGee, Philip and Erin Stead’s story of a zookeeper and his “tender friendship with his animals”—which, yes, but this is a children’s book, so shut up. You can check out the complete list of winners here, which includes the Stonewall Award for “exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience” granted to Brian Katcher’s Almost Perfect, a sensitive portrait of a transgendered girl who attempts suicide, and also the Coretta Scott King Award recognizing an exceptional African-American author, which this year went to Rita Williams-Garcia for One Crazy Summer, a book about three sisters whose mother introduces them to the Black Panthers (and not Bobcat Goldthwait in a Godzilla costume).


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