Congratulations to Matt De La Peña, the first Latino author to win the prestigious John Newbery Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. De La Peña, best known for his young adult novel Mexican White Boy, won the award for his children's book, Last Stop On Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Amazon, $12.76)
The book has been hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and more.
The Last Stop On Market Street follows CJ, an inquisitve, slightly dissatisfied child, and his nana as their travel across town on a bus. Throughout their journey, CJ pesters his grandma with questions: "Why do we have to wait in the rain? Why don't we have a car? Why don't I have an iPod?" She patiently explains to him why he has so much to be grateful for. De La Peña told NPR the book teaches a simple lesson: learning to be happy with what you have.
"You can feel like you have been slighted if you are growing up without, if you have less money, or you can see the beauty in that," he said. "And I feel like the most important thing that's ever happened to me is growing up without money. It's one of the things I'm most proud of." (h/t NPR)