Monday, January 22, 2007

Awards, awards, awards

It's awards season here in child and YA lit land, and so in lieu of a review today, here's the list, piping hot from the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference in not-so-sunny Seattle, Washington!

* - read it
# - already in my Blue Journal of Stuff I Gotta Read Before I Die. Although it goes without saying that anything that wasn't already in that book will be now.

John Newbery Medal (children's literature)
The Higher Power of Lucky - Susan Patron
(H) Penny From Heaven - Jennifer L. Holm *
(H) Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson*
(H) Rules - Cynthia Lord

Randolph Caldecott Medal (children's picture-book illustrator)
Flotsam - David Weisner #
(H) Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom - Kadir Nelson (auth. Carole Boston Weatherford)
(H) Gone Wild: An endangered animal alphabet - David McLimans

Coretta Scott King Award
Copper Sun - Sharon Draper
(H) The Road to Paris - Nikki Grimes #
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People - Kadir Nelson (author: Carole Boston Weatherford) (also a Caldecott Honor book)
(H) Jazz - Christopher Myers (author: W.D. Myers)
(H) Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes - Benny Andrews (editors: David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad)

Seuss Geisel (for beginning readers' books)
Zelda and Ivy: the Runaways - Laura Kvasnosky
(H) Not a Box - Antoinette Portis
(H) Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride - Kate DiCamillo *
(H) Move Over Rover - Karen Beaumont

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (for lasting contribution to children's lit)
James Marshall (posthumous)

Margaret A. Edwards Award
(for lasting contribution to YA lit)
Lois Lowry for The Giver

The Alex Awards (Adult books with YA appeal. This is awarded to 10 in all)
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
The Whistling Season - Ivan Doig
Eagle Blue: A team, a tribe, and a high school basketball team in Arctic Alaska - Michael D'Orso
Water for Elephants - Sarah Gruen
Color of the Sea - John Hamamura
Floor of the Sky - Pamela Carter Joen
Blind Side: The evolution of a game - Michael Lewis
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
The World Made Straight - Ron Rash
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

Michael L. Printz Award (for best YA lit)
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang # (plus, this is a graphic novel! Woot! The revolution, it is here!)
(H) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Vol. 1, the Pox Party - M.T. Anderson * (also the winner of the longest freakin' title ever)
(H) An Abundance of Katherines - John Green *
(H) Surrender - Sonya Hartnett #
(H) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak *

John Steptoe Award (for new talent in African-American children's lit)
Standing Against the Wind - Tracy L. Jones

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (for nonfiction)
Team Moon: How 40,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the Moon - Catherine Thinmesh
(H) Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the civil rights movement - Ann Bausam
(H) Quest for the Tree Kangaroo - Sy Montgomery
(H) To Dance - Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel (also a graphic novel!)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (best translated work; award to the publisher):
The Pull of the Ocean - Jean-Claude Mourlevat and Y. Maudet (Delacorte)
(H) The Last Dragon - Silvana de Mari (Miramax)
(H) The Killer's Tears - Anne-Laure Bondoux (Delacorte)

Schneider Family Book Award (best book about a disability experience)
Children's - The Deaf Musicians - Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs (deafness)
Middle Grade/Tween - Rules - Cynthia Lord (autism and paraplegia) (also a Newbery Honor)
Teen - Small Steps - Louis Sachar * (cerebral palsy)

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture (a lecture about children's literature)
David Macauley

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video
Knuffle Bunny, based on Mo Willems's book of the same name

Big congrats and major chocolate and champagne to all the talented winners. And I have to note that, thanks to the child/YA litbloggers community, I'd already heard about a good number of the books on these lists. We got good taste, y'all. Thanks to Elizabeth Bluemle on the Child-Lit listserv for being our gal on the ground! Sharon Levin, of the same list, also deserves props for providing the Alex Awards.

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