Neil Gaiman Wins Newbery Medal For ‘The Graveyard Book’

Neil Gaiman, the prolific multimedia scribe who we’ve been mentioning quite a bit lately in reference to the upcoming 3D animated adaptation of his novel “Coraline,” has been awarded the John Newbery Medal — one of the most prestiguous awards for children literature — by the American Library Association. Gaiman received the award for his recently published story “The Graveyard Book,” about a boy raised by ghosts.

The recipient of the award, announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the ALA), is judged to have provided the year’s “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”

“A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising,” said Newbery Committee Chair Rose V. Treviño of “The Graveyard Book.”

Previously, we brought you the news that Gaiman was planning a live-action movie based on “Graveyard Book.” Gaiman also weighed in on the line of “Graveyard Book” perfumes based on the story and produced by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

Have you read “Graveyard Book”? Let us know what you think about the book — and this award — in the comment section!