2012 Literary Award Winners!


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



*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.

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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