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2014 ALA Youth Media Awards

2014 ALA Youth Media Awards January 2014
The Winning Books Have Been Announced!

Monday the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the biggest children's book awards of the year! Carol Fitzgerald, who runs The Book Report Network, was lucky enough to be in the audience at the award ceremony in Philadelphia, and said that it was a madhouse...the awards started at 8AM but some attendees arrived as early as 6AM! The rest of us were cheering for our favorites from our office.

We're excited that we shared many of these books with you throughout the year, and we're happy to discover some new ones on these lists! Besides reading them yourselves, you may want to share this newsletter with teachers, school librarians and local librarians.

Happy reading, and stay warm!

--- Shara Zaval (shara@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 FLORA & ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo.

- Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: DOLL BONES by Holly Black; THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes; ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake; and PAPERBOY by Vince Vawter.


 
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 LOCOMOTIVE, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.

- Three Caldecott Honor Books were also named: JOURNEY, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker; FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO written and illustrated by Molly Idle; and MR. WUFFLES! written and illustrated by David Wiesner.


 
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 for the Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Medal is PARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
 
- Four Sibert Honor Books were named: A SPLASH OF RED: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet; LOOK UP! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate; LOCOMOTIVE written and illustrated by Brian Floca; and THE MAD POTTER: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.

 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Robert F. Sibert 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 P.S. BE ELEVEN by Rita Williams-Garcia.

-Three King Author Honor Books were selected: MARCH: Book One written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell; DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Myers; and WORDS WITH WINGS by Nikki Grimes.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is KNOCK KNOCK: My Dad’s Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Daniel Beaty.

- One King Illustrator Honor Book was NELSON MANDELA, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson.
 
- The winner of the Correta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award is WHEN THE BEAT WAS BORN: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.



 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Coretta Scott King Awards.

 
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.

- The winners of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement are Patricia McKissack and her late husband Fredrick McKissack, both natives of Tennessee. They began their writing and research partnership in the 1980s. Their subject matter, from family-based folklore to nonfiction titles, are scholarly researched and written with accurate, authentic text, creating a cultural transmission of history. Their immense range of topics are informative, readable and enjoyable, covering accounts from slavery days to biographical studies of noted men and women in African American history past and present.

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

 
The Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Markus Zusak is the 2014 Edwards Award winner, honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. His books include: THE BOOK THIEF, I AM THE MESSENGER, GETTING THE GIRL and FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE.



Click here to read more about the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards 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 THE WATERMELON SEED written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

- Three Geisel Honor Books were named: BALL written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan; A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL written and illustrated by Mo Willems; and PENNY AND HER MARBLE written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.


 
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 MISTER ORANGE by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson.

- Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: THE BATHING COSTUME OR THE WORST VACATION OF MY LIFE by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick; MY FATHER'S ARMS ARE A BOAT by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson; and THE WAR WITHIN THESE WALLS by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki and translated by Laura Watkinson.
 
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 Award (Illustrator) is NIÑO WRESTLES THE WORLD written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

- Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: MARIA HAD A LITTLE LLAMA/MARIA TENIA UNA LLAMITA, written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez; TITO PUENTE: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Monica Brown; and PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant's Tale illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré Award (author) is YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina.

- Three Belpré Author Honor Books were also named: THE LIGHTNING DREAMER: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle; THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena and PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant's Tale written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

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 for Excellence in Audiobook Production is SCOWLER, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

- Four Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: BETTER NATE THAN EVER, written and narrated by Tim Federle; CREEPY CARROTS!, written by Aaron Reynolds; ELEANOR & PARK, written by Rainbow Rowell and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; and MATILDA, written by Roald Dahl and narrated by Kate Winslet.

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

 
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 A SPLASH OF RED: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
 
- The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is HANDBOOK FOR DRAGON SLAYERS by Merrie Haskell.
 
- The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 

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