Monday, January 14, 2008

They're Here! They're Here!

These awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA. (Aside: why are Midwinters always in places that are so cold? Loriene Roy, can you comment?)

* - read it
# - already in my Blue Journal of Stuff I Gotta Read Before I Die.

John Newbery Medal (children's literature)
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz #
(H) Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis #
(H) The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt *
(H) Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson #

Randolph Caldecott Medal (children's picture-book illustrator)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (WHOA!!) *
(H) Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
(H) First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger #
(H) The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtin by Peter Sís *
(H) Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems *

Coretta Scott King Award
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis #
(H) November Blues by Sharon M. Draper
(H) Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier
Let It Shine by Ashley Bryan *
(H) The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy, illustrated by Nancy Devard
(H) Jazz On A Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon

Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal (for beginning readers' books)
There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems * (Good year for Mo Willems, no?)
(H) First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger #
(H) Hello, Bumblebee Bat, written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
(H) Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
(H) Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Margaret A. Edwards Award (for lasting contribution to YA lit)
Orson Scott Card

The Alex Awards (Adult books with YA appeal. This is awarded to 10 in all)
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm by Jeff Lemire
Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Night Birds by Thomas Maltman
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Michael L. Printz Award (for best YA lit)
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
(H) Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
(H) One Whole & Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
(H) Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
(H) Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

John Steptoe Award (for new talent in African-American children's lit)
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Frazier#

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (for nonfiction)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtin by Peter Sís *
(H) Lightship by Brian Floca
(H) Nic Bishop Spiders by Nic Bishop

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (best translated work; award to the publisher):
VIZ Media, publisher of Brave Story, by Miyuki Miyabe, translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith
(H) Milkweed Editions, publisher of The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity, by Jutta Richter, illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner, and translated from the German by Anna Brailovsky
(H) Phaidon Press, publisher of Nicholas and the Gang, written by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jacques Sempé, and translated from the French by Anthea Bell

Odyssey Award (best audiobook, award to the producers) (in this case, the markings mean I've read the book, not listened to the audio)
Jazz by William Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, Live Oak Media*
(H) Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by R.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio (Cool! I love Bloody Jack.) *
(H) Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin, Weston Woods/Scholastic *
(H) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, Listening Library *
(H) Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, HarperCollins Audio *
(H) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Listening Library

Schneider Family Book Award (best book about a disability experience)
Children's - Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer, illustrated by Bert Dodson (deafness)
Middle Grade/Tween - Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (cerebral palsy) *
Teen - Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby (deafness)

Pura Belpré Medal(for excellence in literature celebrating the Latino culture; awarded biannully)
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls
(H) Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
(H) Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael Austin
(H) Los Gatos Black on Halloween, written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa Montes
My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez, illustrated by Raúl Colón, written by Monica Brown
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo, written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture (a lecture about children's literature, to be presented at ALA Annual)
Walter Dean Myers

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video
Kevin Lafferty, producer, John Davis, executive producer, and Amy Palmer Robertson and Danielle Sterling, co-producers, of Jump In: Freestyle Edition

Well, that's the list. What do you think? Who got shafted? Who was a dark horse? Who was like, "Well, duh"? Opinions in the comments!

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to Child_Lit for the hot-off-the-webcast news, because I might wake up at 6 am to cut-and-paste for you guys, but I ain't watching and transcribing no webcast at 4:45 am. Not on a storytime day.

ETA: Printz Awards, thanks to the YAYAYAs.

ETA again: to add the Coretta Scott King Honors books and the Alex Awards.


Loriene Roy said...

Cold conference sites:
You'll want to check in with conference services folks at ALA. Strangely enough, conference registration is generally high in cold places! Location selection has to do with a number of variables--number of hotels available, range of hotel rates, and so forth.

Loriene Roy
ALA President

Bibliovore said...

Oh, my god! I was kidding!

I guess this goes to show, one can never invoke a librarian's name in vain on the Internet. Thanks for stopping in, Loriene! And also for your answer, which makes all sorts of sense. Guess this is why I'm not working for ALA conference services. We'd have all our conferences in Hawaii.