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The crème de la crème of children’s book awards were announced Monday at the American Library Association’s meeting, held Jan. 20-24, in Dallas, Texas.

At its midwinter conference the organization announces the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery medals and honors, as well as other prestigious awards in children’s and young adult literature.

This year, six books that were past Missourian Book Buzz Picks were among the honored titles. Among them, “Tales for Very Picky Eaters” by Josh Schneider, a Chicago author/illustrator who was in Washington in October as a special guest at the annual Run to Read, a fun run/walk event sponsored by The Missourian and Four Rivers Area YMCA.

“Tales” won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for Easy Readers, and was the Middle Book Buzz Pick in October 2011. The chapter book tackles a common problem with a humorous touch — dinnertime struggles between parents and children.

Another Book Buzz book that nabbed a top award was “Wonderstuck” by Brian Selznick, the Oldest Book Buzz Pick in November 2011. “Wonderstuck” received the Middle Grade Schneider Family Book Award for a book portraying a character with a disability.

“Wonderstuck” is a novel with abundant illustrations, the story of two hearing-impaired children whose lives intersect with amazing results.

“Wonderstuck” follows Selznick’s previous book,“The Invention of Hugo Caberet,” which won the Caldecott Medal in 2008, an ALA award given to the artist of the most distinguished picture book.

The movie “Hugo” is based on “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” and both the movie and book have received rave reviews.

The Middle Book Buzz Pick in November 2011,“Balloons Over Broadway,” written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, captured the Sibert Award, for the best nonfiction book.

“Balloons” is the story of Tony Sarg, a marionette maker who gave birth to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Two other Book Buzz Picks were Caldecott Honor Books: “Blackout” written and illustrated by John Rocco was the Youngest Pick in November 2011, and “Me . . . Jane,” written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, was the Youngest Book Buzz Pick in May 2011.

The third Caldecott Honor Book was “Grandpa Green,” written and illustrated by Lane Smith.

The most prestigious award for a picture book, the Caldecott Medal, went to Chris Raschka, the author/illustrator of “A Ball for Daisy.” This is the second Caldecott Medal for Raschka, who won the award in 2006 for illustrating “The Hello Goodbye Window,” written by Norton Juster.

A Newbery Honor was given to “Inside Out and Back Again,” by Thanhha Lai. “Inside Out” was theOldest Book Buzz Pick in June 2011.

The Newbery Medal and Honors are given to authors who make a distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The 2012 Newbery Medal was awarded to Jack Gantos for his book, “Dead End in Norvelt.” The other Newbery Honor book for 2012 was “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” by Eugene Yelchin.

Book Buzz Picks can be found in all school libraries in Washington, Union, Pacific, St. Clair and surrounding communities. The books also are available for checkout at Washington Public Library and Scenic Regional Library.

For a complete list of the 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards, go to