NEW YORK (AP) – Jerry Craft’s â€œNew Kid,” a graphic novel about a 7th grader’s struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book. â€œNew Kidâ€ also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work by an African American writer.
Kadir Nelson won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustration of â€œThe Undefeated,â€ a poetic tribute to African American history, featuring the words of Kwame Alexander. â€œThe Undefeatedâ€ was also a runner-up for the Newbery prize, won by Alexander in 2015 for â€œThe Crossover.â€
George Takei of â€œStarTrekâ€ fame shared a prize for best young adult literature by an author of Asian Pacific background. He, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott co-wrote â€œThey Called Us Enemy,â€ a graphic memoir based on Takei’s being held in a detention camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.
The prizes were announced Monday by the American Library Association during its annual mid-winter meeting, held this year in Philadelphia.