|The Crossover by Kwame Alexander has won the 2015 John Newbery Medal. The award is for the most outstanding contribution to Children's literature. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Crossover was also named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for 2015.
Kwame Alexander with young fans
|Deborah Taylor has won the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The ALA announcement of the award notes, "Taylor’s career in public service began more than 40 years ago with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she is currently coordinator of School and Student Services. Her career has been spent as mentor, educator and literacy advocate for young adults. As an inspiring young adult librarian, leader in national associations and university instructor, she has been distinctly effective in introducing young people and her professional colleagues to the outstanding work of African American authors."|