On January 14, 2008, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards.

Scholastic is thrilled to congratulate our 2008 Caldecott winner Brian Selznick for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

Other Scholastic winners include:


Here is the complete list of 2008 winners:


John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

Three Newbery Honor Books were named:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Four Caldecott Honor Books were named:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults

Four Printz Honor Books were named:

  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

Two King Author Honor Books were selected:

  • November Blues by Sharon M. Draper
  • Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, written by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier

Let it Shine written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan is the King Illustrator Book winner.

  • Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:
  • Jazz on a Saturday Night written and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
  • The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy, illustrated by Nancy Devard

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences

  • Kami and the Yaks written by Andrea Stenn Stryer, illustrated by Bert Dodson wins the award for young children (age 0 to 10).
  • Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is the winner in the middle grades category (age 11-13).
  • Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby is the winner in the teen category (age 13-18).

Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book

  • There Is a Bird on Your Head! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Four Geisel Honor Books were named:

  • First the Egg written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro
  • Hello, Bumblebee Bat written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
  • Jazz Baby written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Vulture View written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children

  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís

Two Sibert Honor Books were named:

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States

  • Bureibu Sutori written by Miyuki Miyabe and translated by Alexander O. Smith

Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:

  • The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity
  • Nicholas and the Gang

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site.