If you were an Annimorphs fan some years ago, you already know who Katherine Applegate is. Therefore it should be no surprise to you that her latest book, The One and Only Ivan, won the top award in children's literature -- the Newbery Award -- this week. Here's a link the the Publisher's Weekly magazine article about it.
It's another example of a writer who didn't give up, but kept writing and rewriting until the story was the best it could be.
And here's an interview of the double Caldecott winner, Jon Klassen. (one of Jon Klassen's books won the major award and another book he illustrated won a Caldecott honor.)