Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Robert F. Sibert Medal for most most distinguished informational book for children goes to Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams). Four Sibert Honor Books were named: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose (Farrar); Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley and illustrated by PJ Loughran (Dial); and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick).
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book goes to Don't Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks (Penguin Young Readers/Penguin). Three Geisel Honor Books were named: A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin Young Readers/Penguin); Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage (Porter/Roaring Brook); and Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow).
The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience goes to Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls (Schwartz & Wade) in the category for young children. Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Paulsen/Penguin) and The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial) are the winners of the middle-school award. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, by Teresa Toten (Delacorte) is the winning book in the teen category.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children goes to Jerry Pinkney.
The 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture will be delivered by author and literary advocate Jacqueline Woodson .