Newbery, Caldecott and other ALA awards

I keep telling myself that you’ve seen this posted elsewhere but as much trouble as I had finding it on the ALA site (what’s wrong with the front page, folks!) , maybe you haven’t.  So here is the full list of winners.

Newbery Medal:

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Newbery Honors:

“The Underneath” by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small, Atheneum

“The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle, Henry Holt

“Savvy” by Ingrid Law, Dial Books for Young Readers

“After Tupac and D Foster” by Jacqueline Woodson, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 

Caldecott Medal:

“The House in the Night,” illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson, Houghton Mifflin Co.

Caldecott Honors:

“A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever” by Marla Frazee, Harcourt, Inc.

“How I Learned Geography” by Uri Shulevitz, Farrar Straus Giroux

“A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

 

Batchelder Award:

Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., publisher of “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit” by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

Batchelder Honors:

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., publisher of “Garmann’s Summer” written and illustrated by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., publisher of “Tiger Moon” written by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Belpré Author Award:

“The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt

Belpré Author Honors:

“Just in Case” by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press

“Reaching Out” by Francisco Jiménez, Houghton Mifflin Co.

“The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos” by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre, Children’s Book Press

 

Belpré Illustrator Award:

“Just in Case” by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook

Belpré Illustrator Honors:

“Papa and Me” illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorros, Rayo/HarperCollins Publishers

“The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos” illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucia Gonzalez, Children’s Book Press

“What Can You Do with a Rebozo” illustrated by Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla, Tricycle Press

 

Geisel Award:

“Are You Ready to Play Outside?” written and illustrated by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children

Geisel Honors:

“Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!'” written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell, HarperCollins Children’s Books

“One Boy” written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press

“Stinky” written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis, The Little Lit Library, a division of RAW Junior, LLC

“Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator” written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, Boyds Mills Press

Odyssey Award:

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, produced by Recorded Books, LLC

Odyssey Honors:

“Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady,” written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

“Elijah of Buxton” written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

“I’m Dirty” written by Kate and Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic

“Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale” written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy, produced by Peachtree Publishers

“Nation” written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, produced by Harper Children’s Audio/HarperCollins Publishers

Sibert Medal:

“We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children

 

Sibert Honors:

“Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of the Past” written by James M. Deem, Houghton Mifflin Company

“What to Do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!” written by Barbara Kerley, illusrated by Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic Press

 

Wilder Medal:

Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of numerous books, including “Dancing Granny,” “Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum” and “Beautiful Blackbird.”

Now, go see what’s still on the shelves of your local library or bookstore!

–SueBE

Pinewood Derby

Shark and Webkinz Car.  Photo Dan Edwards, 2009
Race Time. Note: Shark and Webkinz Car. Photo Dan Edwards, 2009
My Husband's Oscar Meyer Mobile, My son's Webkinz Car, Photo Dan Edwards, 2009
My Husband’s Oscar Meyer Mobile, My son’s Webkinz Car, Photo Dan Edwards, 2009

My son’s Cub Scout pack just ran their pinewood derby.   As always, half the fun was checking out the great cars.  One boy crafted a shark, complete with a dorsal fin.  Another painted his car with the U.S. colonial flag with 13 stars.  There was a vaguely bullet shaped car that was varnished but not painted.  “Pinewood derby, get it?” the craftsman asked.

Once its time to run the race, you get to watch the boys cheering each other on across the finish line.   When one of the younger boys does well, the older boys give him a thumbs up.  A boy whose car does badly gets cheered on by boys who hate to see a fellow racer down.

But if you Googled pinewood derby, you might get the wrong idea.   Computerized racing systems that calculate scores to the ten thousandth of a second.  Wheels balanced within specific tolerances (I don’t even know what that means).  Powdered pumice for polishing axles because its finer than sand paper.  If you didn’t go to  a derby, this might be what you chose to pitch to Boy’s Life. 

I asked my son what types of articles he’d like to see.  “Every boy who builds a car is a winner, Mom.  It takes a lot of work.  Or maybe something on good sportsmanship.   It isn’t just about the trophy.” 

–SueBE