NEW YORK (AP) — Kwame Alexander's "The Crossover" has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. Dan Santat's "The Adventures of Beekle" 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 library shelves.

Jacqueline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming," last fall's winner of the National Book Award, won the Coretta Scott King author prize for outstanding work by an African-American. She was also a finalist for the Newbery medal.


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