One Writer’s Journey

January 31, 2014

ALA Awards

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Hopefully you know by know that they ALA named their 2014 Youth Media award winners on Monday.  I’ve known it, and I’ve even seen some of the titles, but it took several days to access the full list.  I’m going to share it here just in case you are having as much trouble as I am.  I am especially determined to do this because I KNOW SOME OF THE PEOPLE ON THE LIST.   Without further ado, here is the list with my own comments in red.

Newbery Medal:
Winner:  “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick).
Honor Books:  “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
“The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books).  Greenwillow also publishes Jody Feldman’s Gollywhoper Games so they clearly have amazing taste.
“One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake (Alfred A. Knopf)
“Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter (Delacorte Press).  All major players so no huge surprises.  

Caldecott Medal:
Winner:  “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum Books).  This one is always out at our library but I do have a hold on it.
Honor Books:   “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Press).  Loved this one.
“Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle Books LLC)
“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner (Clarion Books).  Another one I’ve never managed to check out because some young reader always has it.  Thank goodness.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
Winner:  “P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)
Honor Books:  “March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
“Darius & Twig,” written by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad)  Clearly, Amistad should be first choice when you submit.  They do top notch books.
“Words with Wings,” written by Nikki Grimes (WordSong) 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,” illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown and Company).
Honor Book:  “Nelson Mandela,” illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen Books)

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:
“When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop,” illustrated by Theodore Taylor III (Roaring Brook Press).

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:  This is the one that first made me all happy and goofy.  Pat taught the only class on writing for children that I’ve ever taken.  She broke the mold!
The winners are 
Patricia and Fredrick McKissack.  How much sweeter this would have been if they had been honored while Fred was still living.  Stil, it is amazing.  

Michael L. Printz Award:
Winner:  “Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook Press).
Honor Books: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
“Kingdom of Little Wounds,” written by Susann Cokal (Candlewick Press)
“Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch (Candlewick Press)
“Navigating Early,” written by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Books for Young Readers).  This one has been on my “must read” list for a while now.  Clearly, I must read.   

Schneider Family Book Award:
0-10 Winner:  “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Alfred A. Knopf).
Middle School Winner:  “Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins Children’s Books).  Loved this.  See my review here.
Teen Winner:  
“Rose under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion).

Alex Awards/10 books:
“Brewster,” written by Mark Slouka (W. W. Norton & Company)
“The Death of Bees,” written by Lisa O’Donnell (Harper)
“Golden Boy: A Novel,” written by Abigail Tarttelin (ATRIA Books)
“Help for the Haunted,” written by John Searles (William Morrow)
“Lexicon: A Novel,” written by Max Barry (The Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.)
“Lives of Tao,” written by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot)
“Mother, Mother: A Novel,” written by Koren Zailckas (Crown Publishers)
“Relish,” written by Lucy Knisley (First Second).  I’m definitely going to check this one out because I’m seeing great things from this publisher.
“The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel,” written by Katja Millay (ATRIA Paperback)
“The Universe Versus Alex Woods,” written by Gavin Extence (Redhook Books)

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Markus Zusak books include “The Book Thief” and “I Am the Messenger,” published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, and “Getting the Girl” and “Fighting Ruben Wolfe,” published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic.  

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award:
“Niño Wrestles the World,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press)
Honor Books: “Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita,” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)
“Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown (Rayo)
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” written by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press).
Honor Books: “The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist,” written by Margarita Engle (Harcourt)
“The Living,” written by Matt de la Peña (Delacorte Press).  Somehow I missed that this was out.  After hearing him speak, I really want to read this book.
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
“Parrots over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc.).
Honor Books: “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Alfred A. Knopf)
“Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard,” written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick Press)
“Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
“The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius,” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Roaring Brook Press).  Jan is another local author that I’ve both met and heard speak.  So happy for her!

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
Winners:  “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Flux)
“Fat Angie,” written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick Press).  I adore this book.  Adore.  Read my review here.
Honors Books:  
“Better Nate Than Ever,” written by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
“Branded by the Pink Triangle,” written by Ken Setterington (Second Story Press)
“Two Boys Kissing,” written by David Levithan (Alfred A. Knopf).

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:
“The Watermelon Seed,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli (Disney Hyperion Books)
Honor Books:  “Ball,” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
“A Big Guy Took My Ball!” written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)  Loved and reviewed this and . . . 
“Penny and Her Marble,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books).   . . . this one too.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi,” written by Neal Bascomb (Arthur A. Levine).
Finalists:  “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design,” written by Chip Kidd (Workman Publishing Company)
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II,” written by Martin W. Sandler (Walker Books for Young Readers)
ourage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers,” written by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press)
President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” written by James L. Swanson (Scholastic Press)

There were several books on this list that I tried to read and just couldn’t get into.  That said, I do not pan books online.  Clearly, I can dislike a book that still has a great deal fo appeal for someone else.  And this explains why there are so many books out there.

Happy Reading,



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