Newbery awards include writer from Baltimore


Two books published by Houghton Mifflin -- "The Giver," by Lois Lowry, and "Grandfather's Journey," written and illustrated by Allen Say -- won the two most prestigious awards in children's publishing in New York on Monday.

A book by a Baltimore author was a finalist.

"The Giver," the story of a 12-year-old boy who lives in a utopian world, received the 1994 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature published in the last year.

"Grandfather's Journey," the tale of a Japanese immigrant, with lush watercolors, won the 1994 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children published in 1993.

Jane Leslie Conly of Baltimore wrote "Crazy Lady," one of three Honor Books selected by the Newbery committee. The book, published by HarperCollins, is a coming-of-age story about a boy who lives in a neighborhood near Memorial Stadium.

The other Newbery Honor Books: "Dragon's Gate" (HarperCollins) by Laurence Yep, and "Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery" (Clarion Books), by Russell Freedman.

Five books were named Honor Books by the Caldecott committee: "Peppe the Lamplighter" (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books), written by Elisa Bartone and illustrated by Ted Lewin; "In the Small, Small Pond" (Henry Holt), written and illustrated by Denise Fleming; "Owen" (Greenwillow Books), written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes; "Raven: A Trickster Tale From the Pacific Northwest" (Harcourt Brace), written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott; and "Yo! Yes?" (Orchard Books), written and illustrated by Chris Raschka.

The awards are given annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

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