Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hear Ye Hear Ye

In case you haven't heard, this past Monday revealed the ALA 2012 Youth Media Awards -- you may know this better as the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and other prestgious awards that are given each year.  We all have our mixed feelings of this year's picks, but we encourage you to form your own:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
-Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
-Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (honor)
-Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (honor)

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
-A Ball for Daisy  illustrated and written by Chris Raschka
-Blackout  illustrated and written by John Rocco (honor)
-Grandpa Green  illustrated and written by Lane Smith (honor)
-Me … Jane  illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell (honor)

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
-Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (honor)
-The Returning by Christine Hinwood (honor)
-Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (honor)
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (honor)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
-Kadir Nelson (author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans)
-Eloise Greenfield (author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North) (honor)
-Patricia C. McKissack (author of Never Forgotten) (honor)

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Shane W. Evans (illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom)
Kadir Nelson (illustrator and author of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans)

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Ashley Bryan is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement. The award, which pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
-Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
-Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
-The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
-Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin,
-In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
-The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
-The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser
-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
-Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
-Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson
-Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
-The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston
-The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:
Children Make Terrible Pets (Weston Woods Studios, Inc.  The video is based on the book written by Peter Brown)

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Susan Cooper is the 2012 Edwards Award winner. (The Dark is Rising Sequence)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:
-Soldier Bear (Dutch) by Bibi Dumon Tak
-The Lily Pond (Swedish) by Annika Thor (honor)

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
-Rotters by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
-Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri and narrated by JD Jackson (honor)
-Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe (honor)
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham (honor)
-Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt and narrated by Wendy Carter.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
-Diego Rivera: His World and Ours illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
-The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael López (honor)
-Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match illustrated by Sara Palacios (honor)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
-Under the Mesquite written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
-Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck written by Margarita Engle (honor)
-Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller written by Xavier Garza (honor)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
-Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
-Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor written by Larry Dane Brimnerand (honor)
-Drawing from Memory by Allen (honor)
-The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson (honor)
-Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzerand (honor)

Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
-Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
-a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey (honor)
-Money Boy by Paul Yee (honor)
-Pink by Lili Wilkinson (honor)
-With or Without You by Brian Farrey (honor)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
 -Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
-I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems (honor)
-I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (honor)
-See Me Run by Paul Meisel (honor)

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
-Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (finalist)
-Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (finalist)
-Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (finalist)
-Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (finalist)

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults, ages 12 – 18, each year:
-The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
-Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (finalist)
-Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal, (finalist)
-Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)by Sue Macy (finalist)
-Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (finalist)
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For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at

1 comment:

Jojo P. said...

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