The winners of the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott awards have been announced.  The Newbery medal was awarded to author Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt.  The Caldecott medal was awarded to illustrator Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy.  Congratulations to both of these men who have given us many great children's books. 

Below is the list of award winners and honor books along with some other award winners.  A special note of congratulations goes out to local Kansas City author/illustrator Shane Evans who won the Coretta Scott King illustrator award for his book Underground.

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER  (Author)

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER  (Illustrator)

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS

Blackout by John Rocco
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

GEISEL AWARD  (Easy Reader)

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

SIBERT MEDAL  (Nonfiction)

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD  (African American author)

Heart and Soul by Kadir Neslon

CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD  (African American illustrator)

Underground by Shane W. Evans

BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD  (Latino author)

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (Latino illustrator)

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh