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ALA Youth Media Awards

13 Feb

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  • Newbery AwardHello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Caldecott Award –  Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award – Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardThe Stars Beneath Our Feet written by David Barclay Moore
  • Michael L. Printz Award – We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young children) – Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Schneider Family Book Award (middle grades) – Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess written by Shari Green
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young adult) – You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award – The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius
  • Odyssey AwardThe Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Pura Belpré Award Author Award – Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar
  • Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Award – La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Stonewall Book AwardLittle & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardCharlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
  • William C. Morris Award – The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Learn more about these awards by visiting the ALA website!


Checking In: Newbery/Caldecott 2017

29 Jun

Yep, you read that right.  Travis Jonker wrote up a great list of some Caldecott and Newbery suggestions for his blog 100 Scope Notes on  School Library Journal, granted we have no idea what the Committees will be talking about, but I’m in love with at least half of each of these lists.

I know it still way too early to be talking about the awards that won’t even be announced until next January, but I love taking a look at these lists because it keeps me up to date on titles being published this year that the industry is buzzing about.  It’s amazing that more often than not, something will slide past me before I get a chance to read it and these lists help me keep up with new books.

After last year’s huge surprise of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña winning the Newbery (check out his Newbery speech), I’m excited to see what happens this year.  And now, if you’ll excuse me… I’ve got a lot of reading to do!

Youth Media Awards or BEST Day for Children’s Literature/Media

28 Jan

The Youth Media Awards are announced every January at 8:00 am, when most sane people are getting ready for work, commuting, or just beginning work.  This year because the American Library Association Midwinter Conference was held in Seattle, the awards were announced at 11:00 am EST.  For most of the world, these awards mean very little, but for children’s authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and teachers – this is a very exciting day!

18 Awards were presented less than 3 hours ago and I am so excited to see some of the great books that won this year!  I’ll post the winners, but check http://www.ala.org/yma for the complete list of winners and honors.  The awards include:

Newbery Award  for the most outstanding contribution children’s literature
     The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished AMerican picture book for children
     This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Coretta Scott King Book Award (author & illustrator), recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
    Author: Andrea Pinkney Davis for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
    Illustrator: Bryan Collier for I, Too, Am America

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. 
     In Darkness by Nick Lake

The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
     Back to Front and Upside Down! by, Claire Alexander
     A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
     Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

The Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girlchild by, Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever by Chis Ballard
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Round House by Lousie Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video.
     Anna, Emma and the Condors – produced by Katha Torneman

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award which honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
     Katherine Paterson (writer)

The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement and award given to a librarian for their work in the field.
     Demetria Tucker

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
     Tamora Pierce (author)

The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award for recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature.
     Andrea Davis Pinkney (author/illustrator)

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English.
     My Family for the War (originally published in German as Liverpool Street)  Anne C. Voorhoeve

The Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.
     The Fault in Our Stars by John Green produced by Brilliance Audio

The Pura Belpre Awards (author/illustrator) honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portrayal, affirm, and celebrate the LAtino cultural experience.
     Writer: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
     Illustrator: Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz and written by Sonia Manzano

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children.
     Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

The Stonewall Book Award given to 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 by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.
     Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long

The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
     Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
     Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Try something new and read one of these amazing titles – I’m sure they won’t disappoint!

It’s Never Too Early to Think About the Newbery Award

29 May

In recent years, I’ve begun following the Newbery Award more closely.  It’s extremely interesting because the Newbery Committee does not provide the public with a short list of books that they are looking at for receiving the award, but there are plenty of blogs circling the blogosphere that offer their own opinions on books that they believe could be considered for the Newbery Award.  It’s not even June yet, and Heavy Metal, a blog that is part of the School Library Journal website has already posted a number of books that they feel might be in the running for this year’s award.  To view the list, click here.

I often think the Newbery Award goes to a book that is most literary, than popular, but that doesn’t mean these books are not fun to read and interesting!  Most have great themes that you and your kids can discuss!  Check some out for yourself!

My first impressions, for what they are worth:
1.) There are some big names that are writing some great books this year, think Christopher Paul Curtis, Kevin Henkes, Lois Lowry, Katherine Applegate, and Gary Schmidt.

2.) There are a number of books on the list that focus on Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement, both fiction and non-fiction.  There are at least six on the list of 18 that follow this theme.

3.) I’m enjoying almost every book I read.  I try to keep up with the list, so that when a Newbery book is finally announced in January of 2013, I’ll have most likely already read it.

A few of my favorites so far this year include: The One and Only Ivan, The False Prince, Wonder, and The Mighty Miss Malone.  Even in none of these books win the Newbery, I’m glad to have read them.


14 May

Wonder written by R. J. Palacio is a beautifully written novel for middle school readers about being different – something almost everyone can relate to on some level.  The main character is a 5th grade boy named August Pullman who was born with severe facial deformities that prevented him from going to school until middle school.

What I enjoyed about this book is that August doesn’t seem to be above the fact that people stare and make rude comments about how he looks.  His internal monologue shows readers how difficult life is for him.  Middle school students can be brutal and his private school is like every other middle school in America – kids judge each other on their looks and their “coolness” factor.  What I also liked about this book is that you learn how other people feel that interact with August.  The first part of the book is written from August’s perspective, while other sections are written by family members and friends that interact with August.

This is an enlightening read that is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has been seen as different.  This would make a great book discussion choice for middle school and even high school students about differences, disabilities, and the power to overcome adversity.  I just saw a YouTube video created by a young mother about her son who was born with a cleft palate and other issues that affected his eyes.  The video was so similar to the book, I had to include a link.  Wonder is a beautifully written novel, that is almost certain to receive a Schneider Family Book Award.  And hopefully will be discussed as a Newbery contender this year.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Number: 320 pgs.

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