DiCamillo wins Newbery for best children's book

AP National WriterFebruary 9, 2014 

Kate DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses," a comic superhero tale featuring a mighty squirrel, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best work of children's literature. Brian Floca won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in "Locomotive," a story of the early years of train travel that Floca also wrote.

The awards, the most prestigious in children's publishing, were announced by the American Library Association. DiCamillo, a popular and acclaimed author, won the Newbery a decade ago for "The Tales of Despereaux." The Library of Congress recently named her National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Floca's "Locomotive" appeared on numerous lists for the best children's books of 2013. His previous credits include illustrating the "Poppy" series by the Newbery-winning author Avi, the pen name for Edward Irving Wortis.

Markus Zusak of "The Book Thief" fame received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.

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