A picture book text wins the Newbery.
A YALSA Nonfiction award is bestowed on the biography of a symphonic composition in a ravaged city.
How lucky we are to be reading and writing in a time of such marvelous embrace of the vital texture, the magical interweaving, the essential ties between the meanings of words and their shape and placement on the page; between history and science and art; between the language of text, of color, of line and curve.
Sometimes the world overwhelms. Oppresses. Then comes along a day like today, where a group of librarians wraps its book-loving arms around the great, grand possibilities of literature--what it looks like and what it can mean.