The American Library Association uses its inside voice to announce the year's best children's books

The American Library Association uses its inside voice to announce the year's best children's books

The American Library Association has whisper-announced another round of Youth Media Awards, singling out the year’s best books, videos, and audiobooks that children can enjoy reading, watching, and listening to, but not throwing at their neighbor please, Jeremy. This year’s Newbery Medal went to Jack Gantos’ Dead End In Norvelt, the story of a nosebleed-prone youth who spends his summer typing out crazy obituaries full of anecdotes involving everything from plagues to murder to the Hell’s Angels—all of which are things that today’s kids enjoy, because they are disturbed and probably going to kill you in your sleep. Other big winners were John Corey Whaley’s Sufjan Stevens-inspired Where Things Come Back, which took the Printz Award for young-adult literature, and Chris Raschka’s A Ball For Daisy, which took the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book for its story of a dog who loses its beloved ball. (PLEASE NO SPOILERS.) You can see the complete list of winners here—except Jeremy, who will see only the corner while everyone else gets to use the Internet.