Each year the Association for Library Services to Children names a Newbery and a Caldecott Award winner. The announcement of these awards is made in January or February during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. But -- the awards are not given out until ALA's annual summer conference.
This year the conference is in Chicago -- and it is tonight (July 12) that the medals will finally be awarded at a lavish banquet attended by librarians (and a few lucky kids) from across the country.
If you haven't yet had a chance to read this year's winners -- there is no time like the present! Neil Gaimon won the Newbery for The Graveyard Book and the Caldecott went to Beth Krommes for her illustrations of The House in the Night.
You can read more about these and other awards for children's books by visiting the library's guides: Children's Book Awards: Major, Children's Book Awards: Multicultural and Children's Book Awards: Other.