The American Library Association has selected "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli as the 1991 Newberry Medal winner for most distinguished contribution to children's literature in America.
David Macaulay won the 1991 Cal-decott Medal for his illustrations in "Black and White." The Caldecott award honors the most distinguished picture book for children."The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle," written by Avi and edited by Richard Jackson, was named Honor Book by the Newberry Committee. The Caldecott Committee named two Honor Books - "Puss in Boots" illustrated by Fred Marcel-lino and " `More, More, More' Said the Baby," written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams.
The awards were presented at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting in Chicago on Monday. The organization's 50,000 members represent libraries throughout the United States.
Other awards included:
- The 1991 Mildred L. Batchelder Award, honoring U.S. publishers of outstanding translated children's books, to Dutton Children's Books. Dutton published "A Hand Full of Stars" by Rafik Schami, originally published in German.
- The 1991 Coretta Scott King awards for outstanding books by African-American authors and illustrators, to Mildred D. Taylor and Leo and Diane Dillon. Taylor won the text award for "The Road to Memphis." The Dillons were honored for their illustrations in "Aida."
- The "School Library Journal" Young Adult Services Division Author Achievement Award, to Robert Cormier. He was cited for three novels: "After the First Death," "The Chocolate War" and "I Am the Cheese."
- The first Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video, to producers George McQuilkin and John Matthews. Their winning video "Ralph S. Mouse" was based on the Beverly Cleary book.