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2013 ALA Youth Media Awards

Kidsreads.com Newsletter 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards

The Winning Books Have Been Announced!

Yesterday the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of their big book awards of the year. Even though we at Kidsreads.com were in the office yesterday, instead of at the awards, we were cheering for our favorites! I'm SO HAPPY that THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage was honored as I had the pleasure of having lunch with her and interviewing her! Somehow when you "know" an author, an award like this is even more special. You'll have to look through the winners to see if any books you loved have been given an award or honored!

I'm also glad that we have shared a lot of these books with you over the last year! Read on for all the winners, and share this with your teachers, school librarians and local librarians. And then check out these books if you have not already.

Enjoy --- and happy reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)

The John Newbery Medal

The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

-The winner of the John Newbery Medal is THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate.

-Three Newbery Honor Books were named: SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS by Laura Amy Schlitz, BOMB: The Race to Build --- and Steal --- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage.

Click here to read more about the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the honor books.

 

The Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. Receiving the Caldecott Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

-The winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal is THIS IS NOT MY HAT written and illustrated by John Klassen.

-Five Caldecott Honor Books were named: CREEPY CARROTS! illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds; EXTRA YARN illustrated by John Klassen and written by Mac Barnett; GREEN written and illustrated by Laura Cavvaro Seeger; ONE COOL FRIEND illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo; and SLEEP LIKE A TIGER, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the honor books.

 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

-The winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is BOMB: The Race to Build --- and Steal --- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.

-Three Robert F. Sibert Honor Books were named: ELECTRIC BEN: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; MOONBIRD: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose; and TITANIC: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and the honor books.

 

The Corretta Scott King Awards

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Books Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award is HAND IN HAND: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

-Two Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books were named: EACH KINDNESS written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis; and NO CRYSTAL STAIR: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is I, TOO, AM AMERICA illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes.

-Three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book was named: H. O. R. S. E. written and illustrated by Christopher Myers; ELLEN'S BROOM illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons; and I HAVE A DREAM: Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr..

Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards and the honor books.

 

The Corretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of distinguished and beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. The award is presented annually and in even years (i.e. 2012, 2014, 2016…) to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

In alternate years (i.e. 2011, 2013, 2015…), the award honors a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities/programs.

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.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, established in 1954, honors an author or illustrator whose books are published in the U.S. and have, over a period of years, made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The award is named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the popular Little House series of books, which later became the basis for a television series. Wilder's first book, LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS (1932), was published when she was 65, and she received the first award in 1954.

Author Katherine Patterson is the winner of the 2031 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. 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 CHRYSANTHEMUM, was published in 1973. Katherine Paterson currently lives in Barre, Vermont.
Click here to read more about the winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

 

The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book.

-The winner of the Schneider Family Children's Book Award is BACK TO FRONT AND UPSIDE DOWN! written and illustrated by Clair Alexander.

-The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is A DOG CALLED HOMELESS by Sarah Lean.

-The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.

Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.


 

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented annually to both the author(s) and illustrator(s) of an outstanding book for beginning readers published in the past calendar year. The winning author(s) and illustrator(s) must demonstrate great creativity to engage children in reading. The first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award was presented in 2006 to author Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Suçie Stevenson for HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE GREAT GRANDPAS.

-The winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is UP, TALL AND HIGH! written and illustrated by Ethan Long.

-Three Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books were named: LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE!: An Elephant & Piggie Book written and illustrated by Mo Willems, PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS written by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean and RABBIT & ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER written and illustrated by Cece Bell.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and the honor books.

 

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

-The winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is MY FAMILY FOR THE WAR written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel.

-Two Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honor Book was named: A GAME FOR SWALLOWS: To Die, to Leave, to Return written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin and SON OF A GUN written and translated by Anne de Graaf.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the honor books.

 

The Pura Belpre Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

-The winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award is ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

-One Pura Belpré Author Honor Books were named: THE REVOLUTION OF EVELYN SERRANO by Sonia Manzano.

-The winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award is MARTIN DE PORRES: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt.

-Please note no Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.

Click here to read more about the winners of the Pura Belpré Award and the honor books.

 
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is presented to the producer of the best audiobook produced for youth available in English in the United States. The first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production was given in January 2008. Honor titles may also be selected. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

-The winner of the Odyssey Award is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.

-Three Odyssey Honor Books were named: ARTEMIS FOWL: THE LAST GUARDIAN written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker; GHOST KNIGHT written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill; and MONSTROUS BEAUTY written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Odyssey Award and the honor books.

 

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