Alexander, Santat win top children's book prizes

February 2, 2015 5:18 PM

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Kwame Alexander's "The Crossover," a novel in verse about basketball and coming of age, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. Author-illustrator Dan Santat's "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend," which features an island for pretend playmates, received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book.

The awards were announced Monday in Chicago by the American Library Association, currently hosting its annual midwinter meeting. The Newbery and Caldecott awards are widely regarded as the highest honors in children's publishing, near-guarantors of increased sales and lasting places on school and li...

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