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Youth Media Award Winners Announced

The American Library Association announced the top books, video, and audio books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The 2015 award winners include: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander, is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named:

ElDeafo by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (U.S.A.) LLC.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Six Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Nana in the City, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, written by Lauren Castillo and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock, and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Candlewick Press.

Viva Frida, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Yuyi Morales, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter Book.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki, and published by First Second.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American

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Ebeling Finds the “Possible” in “Impossible”

by Brad Martin, LAC Group

When Mick Ebeling set out to help Tony “Tempt One” Quan, a Los Angeles graffiti artist paralyzed by ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), he set off on an amazing journey of discovery and learned the keys to unlock possibilities where none seemed to exist. The experience is told in his new book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done.

“For me, the book and everything I'm doing is really about this; it's about the power of story,” he said.

Ebeling is the founder and CEO of

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Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) outlined issues of special interest and encouraged librarians to get organized in their advocacy efforts at a Washington Office update.

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