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Last week, the American Library Association announced the 2014 winners of the multiple prize categories it administers for children's literature, including the Newbery Awards, the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King and Bel Pure awards.

A feisty tale of a heroic squirrel and a dastardly vacuum cleaner captured the Newbery for most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Kate DiCamillo, who won 10 years ago for "The Tales of Desperaux," scored again for "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" (Candlewick Press).

The Caldecott, given to the most distinguished picture book, went to Brian Floca, who wrote and illustrated a story about early train travel, "Locomotive" (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

The Coretta Scott King awards, which recognize African-American authors and illustrators, was given to Rita Williams-Garcia for writing "P.S. Be Eleven" (Amistad) and to Bryan Collier for illustrating Daniel Beaty's "Knock, Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me" (Little, Brown and Company).

Marcus Sedgwick won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for older readers with "Midwinterblood," published by Roaring Books Press.

The Pura Belpre awards for Latino authors and illustrators went to Meg Medina for "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" (Candlewick Press) and to San Francisco illustrator Yuyi Morales for "Niño Wrestles the World" (Roaring Book Press).

Greg Pizzoli was awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for a book for beginning readers for writing and illustrating "The Watermelon Seed" (Disney Hyperion Books.)

For the other awards and the honorees in the categories, go to www.ala.org/yma.

-- Sue Gilmore, Staff