Congratulations to Neil Gaiman for recently winning the Carnegie Medal (the U.K.'s most prestigious prize in Children's Literature) for his novel The Graveyard Book. I've heard so many great things about The Graveyard Book, and I'm looking forward to picking up a copy one of these days. The book is about a toddler who wanders into a graveyard where ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
In addition to the Carnegie Medal, one of Gaiman's short stories, "Songs of the Dying Earth" won best short story at the Locus Awards, which is strictly for science fiction and fantasy.
Gaiman has always impressed me with his unparalleled imagination and sheer inventiveness. His ideas may be strange or downright weird at times, but they always challenge the reader's sense of believability in the best way possible. I'm a huge fan of Gaiman's comic books The Sandman series (which, apparently, you can now read on your iPhone using the comixology app...I needed another thing to suck away my life), as well as Stardust and American Gods. He definitely deserves recognition as one of the best children's/young adult authors of our time. Make sure you watch his acceptance speech.