Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) honors outstanding books, videos, and other materials for children and teens. Among these awards are the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. This year, the awards were given out on Jan. 25.

The John Newbery Medal is given to an author for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year, the medal was given to Tae Keller, an author from Honolulu, for her book titled “When You Trap a Tiger.” Besides the Newbery Medal, Keller has also won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature for this book, so it is definitely one to check out.

Sherrie DeMartino is the branch manager of the Carroll Valley Library.

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