2012 Literary Award Winners!

2012 YOUTH MEDIA AWARD WINNERS

(awards for top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults)

AS AWARDED BY THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN (ALSC)

AND THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA)

*information regarding the following awards was obtained from the official press release at the American Library Association web site 

John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

  •  “Dead End in Norvelt”, written by Jack Gantos (winner)
  •  “Inside Out & Back Again”, written by Thanhha Lai (honor)
  •  “Breaking Stalin’s Nose”, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (honor)

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children:

  • “A Ball for Daisy”, illustrated and written by Chris Raschka (winner)
  • “Blackout”, illustrated and written by John Rocco (honor)
  • “Grandpa Green”, illustrated and written by Lane Smith (honor)
  •  “Me … Jane”, illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell (honor)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:

  • “Soldier Bear”, originally published in Dutch in 2008 as “Soldaat Wojtek,” written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (winner)
  • “The Lily Pond”, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., written by Annika Thor, and translated by Linda Schenck. (honor)

Pura Belpre (illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

  • “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours”, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (winner)
  • “The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred”, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos (honor)
  • “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina”, illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown (honor)

Pura Belpre (Author) Award:

  • “Under the Mesquite”, written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (winner)
  •  “Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck”, written by Margarita Engle (honor)
  • “Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller”, written by Xavier Garza (honor)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book:

  • “Tales for Very Picky Eaters”, written and illustrated by Josh Schneider (winner)
  • “I Broke My Trunk”, written and illustrated by Mo Willems (honor)
  • “I Want My Hat Back”, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (honor)
  • “See Me Run”, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel (honor)

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children:

  • “Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade”, written by Melissa Sweet (winner)
  • “Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor”, written by Larry Dane Brimnerand (honor)
  • “Drawing from Memory”, written and illustrated by Allen Say (honor)
  • “The Elephant Scientist”, written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwelland (honor)
  • “Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem”, written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzerand (honor)

Coretta Scott King (Author) book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

  • Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (winner)
  • Eloise Greenfield, author of “The Great Migration: Journey to the North”, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (honor)
  • Patricia C. McKissack, author of “Never Forgotten”, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (honor)

Coretta Scott King (illustrator) Book Award:

  • Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom” (winner)
  • Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (honor)

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement This award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton:

  • Ashley Bryan is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement.  Storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, Bryan created his first children’s book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx and in 1962, he became the first African American to both write and illustrate a children’s book. After a successful teaching career, Bryan left academia to pursue creation of his own artwork. He has since garnered numerous awards for his significant and lasting literary contribution of poetry, spirituals and story.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

  • (The Jury chose not to award a book in the category for children ages 0 – 8 because no submissions were deemed worthy of the award.)
  • “close to famous”, written by Joan Bauer (co-winner of award for middle grades, ages 11 – 13)
  • “Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures”, written by Brian Selznick (co-winner of award for middle grades, ages 11 – 13)
  • “The Running Dream”, written by Wendelin Van Draanen (wins teen award, ages 13 – 18)
Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:
  • Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Children Make Terrible Pets” (winner).  The video is based on the book written by Peter Brown, and is narrated by Emily Eiden, with music by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young, and animation by Soup2Nuts.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:

  • Michael Morpurgo will deliver the 2013 lecture.  Born in England, Morpurgo was teaching when he discovered the magic of storytelling and began writing. His books are noted for their imagination, power and grace. In 1976, he and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children.  He is an officer of the Order of the British Empire and served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate.  His novel, “War Horse,” has wowed theater audiences in London and New York and movie audiences all over.
2012 LITERARY AWARD WINNERS:
AS AWARDED BY YALSA (YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION) 

Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18:
  • “Big Girl Small”, by Rachel DeWoskin
  • “In Zanesville”, by Jo Ann Beard
  • “The Lover’s Dictionary”, by David Levithan
  • “The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens”, by Brooke Hauser
  • “The Night Circus”, by Erin Morgenstern
  • “Ready Player One”, by Ernest Cline
  • “Robopocalypse: A Novel”, by Daniel H. Wilson
  • “Salvage the Bones”, by Jesmyn Ward
  • “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures”, by Caroline Preston
  • “The Talk-Funny Girl”, by Roland Merullo

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

  • Susan Cooper is the 2012 Edwards Award winner. Her books include: The Dark Is Rising Sequence: “Over Sea, Under Stone”; “The Dark Is Rising”; “Greenwitch”; “The Grey King”; and “Silver on the Tree.”

William C. Morris Award honors a book written by a first-time author for young adults:

  • “Where Things Come Back”, written by John Corey Whaley (winner)
  • “Girl of Fire and Thorns”, written by Rae Carson (finalist)
  • “Paper Covers Rock”, written by Jenny Hubbard (finalist)
  • “Under the Mesquite”, written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (finalist)
  •  “Between Shades of Gray”, written by Ruta Sepetys (finalist)

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults:

  • “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery”, written by Steve Sheinkin (winner)
  • “Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science”, written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (finalist)
  • “Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition”, written by Karen Blumenthal (finalist)
  • “Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)”, written by Sue Macy (finalist)
  • “Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein”, written by Susan Goldman Rubin (finalist)

Odyssey Award is awarded to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

  • “Rotters”, produced Listening Library, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne (winner)
  • Ghetto Cowboy”, produced by Brilliance Audio,  written by G. Neri and narrated by JD Jackson (honor)
  • “Okay for Now”, produced by Listening Library, written by Gary D. Schmidt and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe (honor)
  • “The Scorpio Races”, produced by Scholastic Inc., Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham (honor)
  • “Young Fredle”, produced by Listening Library, written by Cynthia Voigt and narrated by Wendy Carter (honor)

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

  • “Where Things Come Back”, written by John Corey Whaley (winner)
  • “Why We Broke Up”, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman (honor)
  • “The Returning”, written by Christine Hinwood (honor)
  • “Jasper Jones”, written by Craig Silvey (honor)
  • “The Scorpio Races”, written by Maggie Stiefvater (honor)
Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
  • “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy”, written by Bil Wright (winner)
  • “a + e 4ever”, drawn and written by Ilike Merey (honor)
  • “Money Boy”, written by Paul Yee (honor)
  • “Pink”, written by Lili Wilkinson (honor)
  • “with or without you”, written by Brian Farrey (honor)

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2011 KY Bluegrass Awards

An Annual Award for the Best Books

as chosen by the students of Kentucky



  • “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan Thomas, Grades K-2
  • “Nubs: the True Story of a Dog, a Marine and a Miracle” by Major Brian Dennis, Grades 3-5
  • “Million-Dollar Throw” by Mike Lupica, Grades 6-8
  • “Maze Runner” by James Dashner, Grades 9-12

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2011 Literary Award Winners!

2011 LITERARY AWARD WINNERS:

AS AWARDED BY THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN

AND THE ALA (AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION):

John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

  • “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool (winner)
  • “Turtle in Paradise” by Jennifer L. Holm (honor)
  • “Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus (honor)
  • “Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night” by Joyce Sidman (honor)
  • “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia (honor)

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children

  • “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead (winner)
  • “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (honor)
  • “Interrupting Chicken” illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein (honor)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States

  • “A Time of Miracles” written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet (winner)
  • “Departure Time” written by Truus Matti, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier (honor)
  • “Nothing” written by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (honor)

Pura Belpre (illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

  • “Grandma’s Gift” illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez (winner)
  • “Fiesta Babies” illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla (honor)
  • “Me, Frida” illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky (honor)
  • “Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin” illustrated  and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (honor)

Pura Belpre (Author) Award

  • “The Dreamer” written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis (winner)
  • “Ole! Flamenco” written by George Ancona, photographs by George Ancona (honor)
  • “The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba” written by Margarita Engle (honor)
  • “90 Miles to Havana” written by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book

  • “Bink and Gollie” written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (winner)
  • “Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!” written and illustrated by Grace Lin (honor)
  • “We Are in a Book!” written and illustrated by Mo Willems (honor)

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children

  • “Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot” written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (winner)
  • “Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca (honor)
  • “Lafayette and the American Revolution” written by Russell Freedman (honor)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (awarded bi-yearly since 2001) honors an author or illustrator whose books (published in the United States) have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children over a period of years.

  • Tomie dePaola

Coretta Scott King (Author) book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

  • “One Crazy Summer” written by Rita Williams-Garcia (winner)
  • “Lockdown” by Walter Dean Myers (honor)
  • “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty” by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke

Coretta Scott King (illustrator) Book Award

  • “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (winner)
  • “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio (honor)

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

  • Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of “Zora and Me”
  • Sonia Lynn Sadler, illustrator of “Seeds of Change,” written by Jen Cullerton Johnson

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement first-ever award of Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.  This award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.

  • Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

  • “The Pirate of Kindergarten” by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril (wins award for best young children ages 0 – 10)
  • “After Ever After” by Jordan Sonnenblick (wins award for middle grades, ages 11 – 13)
  • “Five Flavors of Dumb” by Antony John (wins teen award, ages 13 – 18)

2011 LITERARY AWARD WINNERS:

AS AWARDED BY YALSA (YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION)

Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

  • “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” by DC Pierson,
  • “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard” by Liz Murray
  • “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok
  • “The House of Tomorrow” by Peter Bognanni
  • “The Lock Artist” by Steve Hamilton
  • “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel” by Aimee Bender
  • “The Radleys” by Matt Haig
  • “The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel” by Alden Bell
  • “Room: A Novel” by Emma Donoghue
  • “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel” by Helen Grant

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

  • Sir Terry Pratchett

William C. Morris Award honors a book written by a first-time author for young adults

  • “The Freak Observer” by Blythe Woolston

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults

  • “Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing” by Ann Angel

Odyssey Award is awarded to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

  • “The True Meaning of Smekday” written by Adam Rex, narrated by Bahni Turpin  (winner)
  • “Alchemy and Meggy Swann” written by Karen Cushman, narrated by Katherine Kellgren  (honor)
  • “The Knife of Never Letting Go” written by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl (honor)
  • “Revolution” written by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering (honor)
  • “will grayson, will grayson”, written by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl (honor)

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults

  • “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi (winner)
  • “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher (honor)
  • “Please Ignore Vera Dietz” by A.S. King (honor)
  • “Revolver” by Marcus Sedgwick (honor)
  • “Nothing” by Janne Teller (honor)

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