American Library Association Awards

Yesterday the American Library Association named the latest recipients of their various medals.  I’m not going to duplicate the entire list here — the announcement is something like 2600 words long.  If you want to see the entire list, you can view it here.  I’m just going to give the Newbery and Caldecott and then comment on a few others.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for illustration to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Little, Brown and Company.)  I have to admit it — I started with this one because I’ve met Santat.  He was a keynote speaker at the Missouri SCBWI conference about two years ago.  If you have the chance, even if you’re a writer, hear him speak.  He is amazingly inspirational.

Caldecott Honor Books:
Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo (Clarion Books)
The Noisy Paint Box: The  Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock (Alfred A. Knopf).  A most excellent picture book.  I highly recommend it to authors who do not illustrate.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Candlewick Press)
Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press)
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers).  I love Eerdmans and this one is conveniently sitting on my desk, waiting for me to read it.
This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second)

John Newbery Medal for writing to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Newbery Honor Books:
El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell (Amulet Books)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for an author or illustrator whose US books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children to Donald Crews.  I had to say something abut this one because Crews’ book, Freight Train, a 1979 Caldecott Honor Book, was one of my son’s favorites.  So glad to see Crews and his body of work for very young readers honored.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for nonfiction to The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers).  I love seeing nonfiction titles honored especially when  they are honored for being great books and not simply great nonfiction.  Yes, nonfiction can holds its own!

Sibert Honor Books:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade Books).  I haven’t read this one yet but Russian History was by far one of my favorite classes in high school.  Eager to read this.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books LLC)
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy (David Macaulay Studio).  I loved tihs book in spite of the fact that it is about sharks.  Yes, sharks are fascinating by they also freak me out.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Definitely some great books on this list and I hope you will check out the ones in your category.  Keep your librarians busy!