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Kate DiCamillo wins another Newbery for best children’s book

Children's author Kate DiCamillo answers questions during 2006 visit Naperville Central High School.  | Sun-Times News MediFile Photo

Children's author Kate DiCamillo answers questions during a 2006 visit to Naperville Central High School. | Sun-Times News Media File Photo

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“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G.Campbell, a sweet fantasy about a cynical 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books and a flying squirrel who can type poetry, has won the Newbery Medal as the best children’s book of 2013.

The Caldecott Medal for best illustrated book goes to Brian Floca, writer and illustrator of “Locomotive,” about a family’s train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869.

The prizes, the most prestigious in children’s literature, were announced Monday by the American Library Association at its convention in Philadelphia.

It’s the second Newbery for DiCamillo, 49, who won the award for her 2003 novel, “The Tale of Despereaux.” Her 2000 novel, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” was a runner-up, or Newbery Honor Book. Both were made into movies.

DiCamillo, who began writing for children while working in a Minneapolis book warehouse, was named last month as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

Decided by committees of librarians, the Newbery and Caldecott are the oldest awards in children’s literature. They boost both sales and literary reputations of the winners. Many libraries and bookstores have sections reserved for the winners.

The runner-ups, announced Monday, are:

Newbery Honor Books: “Doll Bones” by Holly Black, “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes, “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake and “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter

Caldecott Honor Books: “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, “Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle, and “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner

The Newbery, named for 18th century British publisher John Newbery, was first awarded in 1922. The Caldecott, named for 19th century British illustrator Randolph Caldecott, started in 1938.

Information on other awards announced Monday are at ala.org/yma.



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