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2013 Children’s Book Award Winners (American Library Association)

2013 Children’s Book Award Winners (American Library Association)

Well the verdict is in!  The winners of the major U.S. children’s book awards, and other awards–care of the American Library Association–have been announced.

I can’t wait to dive into some of these I missed. Enjoy!

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1.) John NEWBERY Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s
literature:

“The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery
Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a
division of HarperCollins Publishers.
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura
Amy Schlitz and published by Candlewick Press; “Bomb: The Race to Build–and
Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin and published by
Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press; and “Three Times Lucky” by
Sheila Turnage and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of
Penguin Young Readers Group.

2.) Randolph CALDECOTT Medal for the most distinguished American picture
book for children:
“This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013
Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Creepy Carrots!” illustrated by
Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Division; “Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by
Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publishers; “Green,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and
published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press; “One Cool
Friend,” illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by
Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group;
“Sleep Like a Tiger,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary
Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

3.) CORETTA SCOTT KING (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American
author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” written by Andrea Davis
Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner.
The book is published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney
Book Group.
Two King Author Honor Books were selected: “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline
Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a
division of Penguin Young Readers Group; and “No Crystal Stair: A
Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller”
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and published
by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group, Inc.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“I, Too, Am America,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator
Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes and published by Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Division.
Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “H. O. R. S. E.,”
illustrated and written by Christopher Myers, and published by Egmont USA;
“Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling
Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young
Readers Group; and “I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.” illustrated by
Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and published by Schwartz &
Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of
Random House, Inc.

4.) Michael L. PRINTZ Award for excellence in literature written for young
adults:
“In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 Printz Award winner. The
book is published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the
Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Division; “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, published by
Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett,
published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins
Publishers; “The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna, published by Red Deer
Press.

5.) SCHNEIDER FAMILY Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression
of the disability experience:
“Back to Front and Upside Down!” written and illustrated by Claire Alexander
and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B.
Eerdmans Publishing Co., wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.
“A Dog Called Homeless” written by Sarah Lean and published by Katherine
Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the
middle-school (ages 11-13) award.
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,”
written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Division.

6.) ALEX Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.
“Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
“Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar,
Straus and Giroux.
“My Friend Dahmer,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an
imprint of Abrams.
“One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion.
“Pure,” by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a
division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of
HarperCollins Publishers .
“Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press,
an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House,
Inc.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown
and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

7.) ANDREW CARNEGIE Medal for excellence in children’s video:
Katja Torneman, producer of “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” is the Carnegie
Medal winner.
8.) LAURA INGALLS WILDER Award honors an author or illustrator whose books,
published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a
substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2013
winner is Katherine Paterson. Paterson was born in China in 1932 to
missionary parents and grew up in the American South, moving eighteen times
before she was 18. After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tennessee,
she herself became a missionary in Japan. She returned to the U.S. to attend
the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she met and married John
Paterson, a Presbyterian minister. Her first book, “The Sign of the
Chrysanthemum,” was published in 1973. Katherine Paterson currently lives in
Barre, Vermont.

9.) Coretta Scott King-VIRGINIA HAMILTON AWARD for Lifetime Achievement:
Demetria Tucker is the 2013 recipient. Tucker has served as youth services
coordinator within the Roanoke (Va.) Public Library System and library media
specialist at the Forest Park Elementary School, where she was selected 2007
Teacher of the Year. As family and youth services librarian for the Pearl
Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System,
Tucker now coordinates a youth leadership program, a teen urban literature
club and many other programs that support the youth of her community.

10.) MARGARET A. EDWARDS AWARD for lifetime achievement in writing for young
adults:
Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural
Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories
and writing, and in 1983, she published her first book, Song of the Lioness.
She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently
lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in
Syracuse, New York.

11.) MAY HILL ARBUTHNOT HONOT Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic,
librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents
a lecture at a winning host site.
Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20
books for children and young adults including picture books, novels and
nonfiction. During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many
high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books
for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African
American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company.

12.) MILDRED L. BATCHELDER AWARD for an outstanding children’s book
originally published in a language other than English in a country other
than the United States and subsequently translated into English for
publication in the United States:
“My Family for the War” is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally
published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by
Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel and published by Dial Books,
an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:
“A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return,” written and illustrated
by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin and published by Graphic
Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
“Son of a Gun,” written and translated by Anne de Graaf, and published by
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

13.) ODYSSEY AWARD for best audiobook produced for children and/or young
adults, available in English in the United States:
“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey
Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.
Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:
“Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian,” produced by Listening Library, written
by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker;
“Ghost Knight,” produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and
narrated by Elliot Hill.
“Monstrous Beauty,” produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama
and narrated by Katherine Kellgren.

14.) PURA BELPRE’
(Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose
children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural
experience:
“Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert,” illustrated by David Diaz, is
the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Gary D.
Schmidt and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt Publishing Company.
No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.
Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is
published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon &
Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano”
by Sonia Manzano, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

15.) Robert F. SIBERT INFORMATIONAL BOOK Award for most distinguished
informational book for children:
“Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,”
written by Steve Sheinkin, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published
by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
Three Sibert Honor Books were named:
“Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin,” written and
illustrated by Robert Byrd and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a
division of Penguin Young Readers Group;
“Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by
Phillip M. Hoose and published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young
Readers;
“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and
published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

16.) 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:
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by
Benjamin Alire Sáenz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is
the Stonewall Award winner.
Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected:
“Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier and published by
Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.;
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” written by Hannah Moskowitz and published by Simon
Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division;
“October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” written by Lesléa Newman
and published by Candlewick Press;
“Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie,”
written by S. J. Adams and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn
Worldwide Ltd.

17.) THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL Award for the most distinguished beginning reader
book:
“Up, Tall and High!” written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss
Award winner. The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of
Penguin Young Readers Group.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named:
“Let’s Go for a Drive!” written and illustrated by Mo Willems, and
published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin, created and
illustrated by James Dean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a
division of HarperCollins Publishers;
“Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover,” written and illustrated by Cece Bell and
published by Candlewick Press.

18.) WILLIAM C. MORRIS Award for a debut book published by a first-time
author writing for teens:
“Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner.
The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random
House, Inc.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Wonder Show,” written by Hannah Barnaby, published by Houghton Mifflin, an
imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers;
“Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo, published by
Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of
Random House, Inc.;
“After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett, published by Feiwel and
Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” written by emily m. danforth, published
by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

19.) YALSA Award for EXCELLENCE IN NON-FICTION for Young Adults:
“Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,”
written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2013 Excellence winner. The book is
published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan
Children’s Publishing Group.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal,
published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing
Group;
“Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by
Phillip Hoose, published by Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan
Children’s Publishing Group;
“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson, published
by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic;
“We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March,” written by Cynthia
Levinson, published by Peachtree Publishers.

ALA Youth Media Award Winners Announced . . .

ALA Youth Media Award Winners Announced . . .

The American Library Association (ALSC) has made its choices and the long awaited winners have been announced!

The press release is here:  http://ala.org/news/pr?id=9108

The Horn Book Reviews for the winning titles are here:

http://www.hbook.com/2012/01/news/awards/ala-awards-2012-horn-book-reviews-of-the-winners/ 

 

The full list of winners are: 

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

“Dead End in Norvelt,” written by Jack Gantos, is the 2012 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Inside Out & Back Again,” written by Thanhha Lai and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

 

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

“A Ball for Daisy,” illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, is the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Blackout,” illustrated and written by John Rocco, and published by Disney · Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Grandpa Green” illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; and “Me … Jane,” illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell, and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“Where Things Come Back,” written by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

“Why We Broke Up,” written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group; “The Returning,” written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA; “Jasper Jones,” written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; and “The Scorpio Races,” written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

 

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,” is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Two King Author Honor Book recipients were selected: Eloise Greenfield, author of “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and Patricia C. McKissack, author of “Never Forgotten,” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom,” is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

One King Illustrator Honor Book recipient was selected: Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” published by Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

 

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.

Storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, Bryan created his first children’s book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx and in 1962, he became the first African American to both write and illustrate a children’s book. After a successful teaching career, Bryan left academia to pursue creation of his own artwork. He has since garnered numerous awards for his significant and lasting literary contribution of poetry, spirituals and story.

 

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

The Jury chose not to award a book in the category for children ages 0 – 8 because no submissions were deemed worthy of the award.

Two books were selected for the middle school award (ages 9 – 13): “close to famous,” written byJoan Bauer and published by Viking, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group; and “Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures,” written by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

The teen (ages 14-18) award winner is “The Running Dream,” written by Wendelin Van Draanen and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • “Big Girl Small,” by Rachel DeWoskin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • “In Zanesville,” by Jo Ann Beard, published by Little, Brown & Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
  • “The Lover’s Dictionary,” by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • “The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens,” by Brooke Hauser, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
  • “Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.(ISBN: 9780307887436)
  • “Robopocalypse: A Novel,” by Daniel H. Wilson, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
  • “Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward, published by Bloomsbury USA
  • “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures,” by Caroline Preston, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • “The Talk-Funny Girl,” by Roland Merullo, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:

Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Children Make Terrible Pets,” are the Carnegie Medal winners.

The video is based on the book written by Peter Brown, and is narrated by Emily Eiden, with music by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young, and animation by Soup2Nuts.

 

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

Susan Cooper is the 2012 Edwards Award winner. Her books include: The Dark Is Rising Sequence: “Over Sea, Under Stone”; “The Dark Is Rising”; “Greenwitch”; “The Grey King”; and “Silver on the Tree.”

 

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:

Michael Morpurgowill deliver the 2013 lecture.

Born in England, Morpurgo was teaching when he discovered the magic of storytelling and began writing. His books are noted for their imagination, power and grace. In 1976, he and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children.  He is an officer of the Order of the British Empire and served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate.  His novel, “War Horse,” has wowed theater audiences in London and New York and movie audiences all over.

 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:

“Soldier Bear” is the 2012 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2008 as “Soldaat Wojtek,” written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

One Batchelder Honor Book also was selected: “The Lily Pond,” published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., written by Annika Thor, and translated by Linda Schenck.

 

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

“Rotters,” produced Listening Library,an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc., is the 2012 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Four Odyssey Honor audiobooks also were selected: Ghetto Cowboy,” produced by Brilliance Audio, written by G. Neri and narrated by JD Jackson; “Okay for Now,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc., written by Gary D. Schmidt and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe; “The Scorpio Races,” produced by Scholastic Inc., Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Maggie Stiefvaterandnarrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham;and “Young Fredle,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc., written 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, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos and published by Charlesbridge; and “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina,” illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown and published by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee and Low Books Inc.

 

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:

“Under the Mesquite,” written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Lee and Low Books Inc.

Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck,” written by Margarita Engle and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.; and “Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller,” written by Xavier Garza and published by Cinco Puntos Press.

 

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,” written by Melissa Sweet, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Four Sibert Honor Books were named: “Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor,” written by Larry Dane Brimnerand published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.; “Drawing from Memory,” written and illustrated by Allen Sayand published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; “The Elephant Scientist,” written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs byCaitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwelland published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; and “Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem” written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzerand published by the National Geographic Society.

 

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,” written by Bil Wright and published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division,is the winner of the 2012 Stonewall Award. The award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.

Four Honor Books were selected: “a + e 4ever,” drawn and written by Ilike Merey and published by Lethe Press, Inc.; “Money Boy,” written by Paul Yee and published by Groundwood Books, an imprint of House of Anansi Press; “Pink,” written by Lili Wilkinson and published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins; and “with or without you,” written by Brian Farrey and published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

 

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

“Tales for Very Picky Eaters,” written and illustrated by Josh Schneider, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Three Geisel Honor Books were named: “I Broke My Trunk,” written and illustrated by Mo Willems, and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “I Want My Hat Back,” written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, and published by Candlewick Press; and “See Me Run,” written and illustrated by Paul Meisel, and published by Holiday House.

 

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“Where Things Come Back,” written by John Corey Whaley is the 2012 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Four other books were finalists for the award: “Girl of Fire and Thorns,” written by Rae Carson, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Paper Covers Rock,” written by Jenny Hubbard, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; “Under the Mesquite,” written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, published by Lee and Low Books; and “Between Shades of Gray,” written by Ruta Sepetys, published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group USA.

 

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” written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2012 Excellence winner. The book is published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Four other books were finalists for the award: “Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science,” written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; “Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition,” written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way),” written by Sue Macy, published by National Geographic Children’s Books; and “Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein,” written by Susan Goldman Rubin, published by Charlesbridge.

 

SOME INTERESTING LINKS FOR WRITERS & BOOKLOVERS . . .

SOME INTERESTING LINKS FOR WRITERS & BOOKLOVERS . . .

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Here’s a recent (Jan. 2012) harvest of links for writers. I’ve enjoyed all these bits and pieces, which include a couple of round-ups from 2011. Enjoy!