Monday, January 22, 2017, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the latest winners of their much coveted awards. Without further ado, here is the list of winners and honors books with a few comments.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
Medal winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
Honors: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Dutton Children’s Books)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Children’s Books). In all honesty, it is hard to imagine that The Girl who Drank the Moon is better than Wolf Hollow which I am currently reading. But I’m putting in my request today.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Medal Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown and Company)
Honors: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook Press)
Freedom in Congo Square illlustrated by R. Gregory Christie, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee Books)
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis (Candlewick Press)
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books LLC)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Medal Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions). Can I have a big YAHOO! I’m was especially happy to see this one since our President singled Lewis out for criticism.
Honor: As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy Book)
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan” by Ashley Bryan (Caitlyn Dlouhy Book). When a book takes honors in two categories, sit up and take notice. Also checking this one out.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Medal Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown and Company). This one took two medals. Yet another book to request.
Honor: Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee Books). Two honors! My list is growing.
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan” by Ashley Bryan (Caitlyn Dlouhy Book). This one is now up to three categories!
In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson (Neal Porter Book)
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)
Michael L. Printz Award:
Medal: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions). And now this one is up to two medals!
Honors: Asking for It by Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (Viking Books for Young Readers)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press). One medal, one honor. One library request in!
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. Winners named in three age categories:
Medal: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (Alfred A. Knopf)
Medal: as brave as you by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Medal:When We Collided by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Harper Voyager)
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead)
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford (Henry Holt and Co.)
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart (Dey Street)
Arena by Holly Jennings (Ace Books)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor Book)
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North (Riverhead Books). This one intrigues me because . . . really?
Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus (Touchstone)
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon Penguin Books)
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach (St. Martin’s Press)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award:
Medal: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions). And now this one is up three medals!
Honors: Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Neal Porter Book). Already read this one and LOVED it.
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books)
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin (Alfred A. Knopf)
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books). Just read about this group in another book.
I didn’t include every award. That was pages and pages long. If you want to see the full list, visit the ALA site here.