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January 24, 2017

ALA Announces 2017 Winners

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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.

the-girl-who-drank-the-moonJohn 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.  

radiant-childRandolph 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:
march-book-three-cover-100dpiMedal 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.

–SueBE

 

February 3, 2015

American Library Association Awards

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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!

–SueBE

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:
Winner:  
“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:
Winner: 
“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:
Winner:  
“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
Winner: 
“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:
Winner:  
“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:
Winner:  
“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)
“C
ourage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers,” written by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press)
“The 
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,
SueBE

 

January 24, 2012

ALA Awards Announced

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Yesterday morning, the American Library Association announced the winners of their coveted medals.  Unlike some years, I’m happy to say that I’ve already read some of them (I’ll color these red and will also link to reviews of written).

Without further ado:

The Newbery Medal:
Dead End in Norvelt  by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux).  Still waiting for my copy to come in!

Newbery Honor Books:
Inside Out & Back Again  by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)

Caldecott Medal:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade Books)

Caldecott Honor Books:
Blackout by John Rocco (Hyperion Books)
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press)  Link to review
Me … Jane  by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown and Company)

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum)

Printz Honor Books:
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman (Little, Brown and Company)
The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial Books)
Jasper Jones  by Craig Silvey (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Scorpio Races  by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray).

King Honor Recipients:
Eloise Greenfield for The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Amistad)
Patricia C. McKissack for Never Forgotten, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Schwartz & Wade Books)

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author for Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (Neal Porter Book).

King Honor Book:
Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray).

Schneider Family Book Award for middle schoolers:
Close to famous by Joan Bauer (Viking)
Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press).

Schneider Family Book Award for teen readers:
The Running Dream  by Wendelin Van Draanen (Alfred A. Knopf)

Margaret A. Edwards Award:
To Susan Cooper whose books include Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award:
Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Batchelder Honor Book:
The Lily Pond by Annika Thor, and translated by Linda Schenck (Delacorte Press).

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award:
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers).

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge)
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina  illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown (Children’s Book Press)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Under the Mesquite  by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee and Low Books Inc.)

Belpré Author Honor Books:
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck  by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt)
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza (Cinco Puntos Press).

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award:
Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children).

Sibert Honor Books:  
Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (Scholastic Press)
The Elephant Scientist  by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children).
Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer (National Geographic Society).

Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award:
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright (Simon & Schuster BFYR).

Stonewall Honor Books:
a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey (Lethe Press, Inc.)
Money Boy  by Paul Yee (Groundwood Books)
Pink  by Lili Wilkinson (HarperTeen)
with or without you by Brian Farrey (Simon Pulse).

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider (Clarion Books).

Geisel Honor Books:
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
See Me Run by Paul Meisel (Holiday House).

William C. Morris Award:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

William C. Morris Honors:
Girl of Fire and Thorns  by Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)  Link to review
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte Press)
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee and Low Books)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books)

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery  by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press).

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Honors:
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science  by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Clarion Books)
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition  by Karen Blumenthal (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press)
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (Charlesbridge).

Looks like I’ve still got a lot of reading to do!  Which is your favorite so far?  I’d have to go with Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns.

–SueBE

January 11, 2011

Books: ALA Awards and My Own Recent Reading

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Wow.  What’s that relaxed feeling?  That’s a book reviewer not running around like a woman possessed on the day the ALA announces the medalists.  Instead, I can just sit back and continue what I’m already reading knowing that I can simply request the winners I haven’t already read later in the day.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The paper now publishes a wire story on the reviews which is ok by me.  Here’s a hint:  You cannot acquire, read and review 5 or more book in three days and do justice to the books involved.  Just cannot.

I’ve been planning to post on my recent reads so I’ll do that first and then go on to the ALA winners.

Last week, I read:

  • 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber (Thorndike Press):  Women’s fiction.
  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor (Farrar Straus and Giroux): Middle grade novel. Of the three books, this was my favorite.  At first I wasn’t sure I liked it — why is the girl character the pest?  That is so stereotypic in a boy’s book.  But O’Connor knows her publisher and her audience.  Click here to read my review.
  • The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Bloomsbury):  Young adult mystery.

And now on to the ALA winners!

John Newbery Medal winner: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press)
Honors:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (Random House Children’s Books)
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (Amulet Books)
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children).  I haven’t read this one but I enjoy Sidman’s work.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)
Randolph Caldecott Medal winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead by by Philip C. Stead (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press)
Honors:
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company)
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press)
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults winner: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown and Company).  This one caught my attention, but I haven’t read it yet.
Honors:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House/Scholastic Inc.)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz A.S. King (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books).  I love, love, love Kings writing and can’t believe I missed that this had come out.  Naughty me!
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook Press)
Nothing by Janne Teller (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award winner: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)
Honors:
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown and Company)
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke (Lee & Low Books Inc.)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award winner: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company)
Honors:
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company).  Check out my review of this title here.  This is one that I picked up because I know the author’s wife and ended up simply adoring the book.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award winner: Zora and Me written by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Illustrator) Award winner: Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee & Low Books Inc.)
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement winner:  Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith.
Schneider Family Book Award winners picture book, middle grade, ya:
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (Scholastic Press)
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (Dial Books/Penguin Group (USA) Inc.)
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell (Holt Paperbacks)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender (Doubleday/Random House, Inc.)
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown and Company)
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant (Delacorte/The Random House Publishing Group)
The Radleys by Matt Haig (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group)
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray (Hyperion)
The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson (Vintage Books/Random House, Inc.)
Take a close look at these titles.  Do adults really need you to tell them when a book is a novel?  Really?
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner: Tomie dePaola.  Not a surprise here since he’s the fabulous author/illustrator of something over 200 books.  Maybe the question should be — how long have you been giving out this award and why wasn’t he first?  But then my adoration may make me biased.
Margaret A. Edwards Award winner: Sir Terry Pratchett.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner: A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books)
Honors:
Departure Time by Truus Matti and translated by Nancy Forest-Flier (Namelos)
Nothing by Janne Teller and translated by Martin Aitken (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
Pura Belpré (Author) Award winner: The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís (Scholastic Press).  Read my review here.
Honor:
¡Olé! Flamenco written and illustrated by George Ancona (Lee &Low Books Inc)
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis (Roaring Brook Press)
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award winner: Grandma’s Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez (Walker Publishing Company, Inc./Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.)
Honors:
Fiesta Babies illustrated by Amy Córdova,  by Carmen Tafolla (Tricycle Press/Crown Publishing Group/Random House, Inc.):  Wow.  Wonder what will happen since Tricycle has gone Adios?
Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz, by Amy Novesky (Abrams Books for Young Readers):  I love Diaz’s work so I’m really looking forward to this one.
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers).
Robert F. Sibert Medal winner: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Honors:  Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca (Neal Porter Book/Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing).  This is amazing since I’ve actually met Greenberg!!
Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman (Holiday House):  Not surprising to see Freedman’s name on this list but sure glad it is here!
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award winner: Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books)
Honors:
will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton Books/Penguin Group (USA) Inc).
Love Drugged by James Klise (Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.)
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin (Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, Inc.)
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Am I the only one wondering if lesbian teens might also need a book or two?
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner: Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press)
Honors:
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown and Company)
We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
William C. Morris Award winner: The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston (Carolrhoda Lab/Carolrhoda Books)
Honors:
Hush by Eishes Chayil (Walker Publishing Company/Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.)
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group)
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Henry Holt)
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber (Margaret McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults winner: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel (Amulet/Abrams)
Finalists:
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Spies of Mississippi:  The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers (National Geographic Society)
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko (Candlewick Press)
Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw (Charlesbridge)
Now off to request a couple dozen books!
–SueBE

January 26, 2009

Newbery, Caldecott and other ALA awards

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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

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