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The ALA Announces Their 2015 Prize-Winning Books

2015 ALA Youth Media Awards February 2015
The Winning Books Have Been Announced!

On Monday, February 2nd, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the biggest children's book awards of the year! Read below to see if your favorite books are represented, and to discover some new gems.

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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 CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexande.

- Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell; and BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson.
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 THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Dan Santat.

- Six Caldecott Honor Books were also named: NANA IN THE CITY, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, written by Lauren Castillo; THE NOISY PAINT BOX: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock; SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; VIVA FRIDA, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Yuyi Morales; THE RIGHT WORD: Roget and his Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant; THIS ONE SUMMER, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki.

 
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 THE RIGHT WORD: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant.
 
- Five Sibert Honor Books were named: BROWN GIRL DREAMING written by Jacqueline Woodson; THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming; JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson; NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands written and illustrated by Katherine Roy; and SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Robert F. Sibert Medal and the honor books.

 
The Coretta 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 BROWN GIRL DREAMING, written by Jacqueline Woodson.

-Three King Author Honor Books were selected: THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander; by HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson; and HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is FIREBIRD, illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland.

- Two King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: Christian Robinson for JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; and Frank Morrison for LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE by Katheryn Russell-Brown, published by Lee and Low Books, Inc.
 
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award is WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST, written and illustrated by Jason Reynolds.
 

The Coretta 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 winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award fof Lifetime Achievement is Deborah D. Taylor. Taylor’s career in public service began more than 40 years ago with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she is currently coordinator of School and Student Services. Her career has been spent as mentor, educator and literacy advocate for young adults. As an inspiring young adult librarian, leader in national associations and university instructor, she has been distinctly effective in introducing young people and her professional colleagues to the outstanding work of African American authors.

 

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

 

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

 
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor

The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The organization counts selection as the lecturer among its "Book & Media Awards", for selection recognizes a career contribution to children's literature. At the same time, the lecturer "shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature", to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries.

The 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Pat Mora. Pioneering author and literacy advocate Pat Mora has written more than three dozen books for young people that represent the Mexican American experience.

 

 

Click here to learn more about the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor

 

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 YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant.

- Two Geisel Honor Books were named: MR. PUTTER & TABBY TURN THE PAGE written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard; and WAITING IS NOT EASY! written by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems.
 
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 MIKIS AND THE DONKEY, written by Bibi Durmon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman and translated by Laura Watkinson.

- Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: HIDDEN: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano, color by Greg Salsedo and translated by Alexis Siegel; and NINE OPEN ARMS by Benny Lindelauf, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova and translated by John Nieuwenhuizen.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the honor books.

 
The Pura Belpré 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 VIVA FRIDA, illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

- Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named: LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Susan Middleton Elya; GREEN IS A CHILE PEPPER, illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong; and SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré (Author) Award is: I LIVED ON BUTTERFLY HILL, written by Marjorie Agosín and illustrated by Lee White.

- One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES,written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón.

 

 

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 H. O. R. S. E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination is written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

- Three Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! written by Tim Federle, and narrated by Tim Federle; THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE
written by Julie Berry and narrated by Jayne Entwistle; and A SNICKER OF MAGIC written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris.
 
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 BOY AND A JAGUAR, written by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Catia Chien,

- The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is RAIN REIGN written by Ann M. Martin.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The 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 2015 winner is Donald Crews, whose award-winning works include FREIGHT TRAIN, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1979, and TRUCK, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1981. He has been consistently excellent with a wide range of titles, such as HARBOR, PARADE, SHORTCUT and BIGMAMA'S.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

 
The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature 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.

- The winner of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award is THIS DAY IN JUNE written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten.

- Three Honor Books were selected: BEYOND MAGENTA: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin; I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN written by Jandy Nelson; MORRIS MICKLEWHITE AND THE TANGERINE DRESS written by Christine Baldacchio, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winners of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award.

 

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