Adults searching for good books for children and/or young-adult readers now have this year’s signpost of stories that won top prizes from the American Library Association. Some of the recently announced winners and their prizes:
▪ Matt de la Peña, the Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson. De la Peña is the first Latino author to win the prestigious prize.
▪ Sophie Blackall, the Caldecott Medal (illustrator) for most distinguished American picture book for children for “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” (as in Winnie-the-Pooh), written by Lindsay Mattick.
▪ Rita Williams-Garcia, the Coretta Scott King (author) Award for outstanding books for children and young adults by an African American, for “Gone Crazy in Alabama.”
▪ Laura Ruby, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults for “Bone Gap.”
A diverse trio from UC Davis
The UC Davis faculty and alumni publish dozens of books each year. This trio is representative of their work, suggested by Paul Takushi, UC Davis Stores social media and special events coordinator:
“Eating Words,” edited by poet and professor emeritus Sandra M. Gilbert and Robert J. Porter of Reed College (Norton, $35, 512 pages; with an introduction by Ruth Reichl): Calvin Trillin, Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain are among the 100 writers serving up witty and impassioned essays about all things food.
“The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction” by distinguished research professor John Walton (University of Chicago Press, $22, 232 pages): Detective-fiction fans will be fascinated by this detailed history of the P.I. “in reality and myth.”
“Silk Tether” by novelist-economist Minal Khan, who is furthering her studies at UC Davis (Yucca, $25, 200 pages): Teenager Ayla lives a privileged but constrained life in present-day Karachi, Pakistan.
Local authors gather at B&N
A panel of area authors will autograph and discuss their books at Barnes & Noble in Roseville at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23: Antoinette May, Cindy Sample, Steve Liddick, P.R. Steele, Daniel Babka, Margie Yee Webb, Raymond Leo Blain and Nanci Woody. Creekside Town Center, 1256 Galleria Blvd., 916-788-4320.