On Monday, January 18th the American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced. I had made some predictions on the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and NAILED IT! The books I covered did get a shiny gold or silver sticker, and some additional books were named.
For the Newbery Medal, I predicted the winner, When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead and two honor titles, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly. Two additional honor titles were chosen: Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice, by Phillip Hoose and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick.
For the Caldecott Medal, I picked that the winner would be The Lion & the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney and also suggested an honor title, All the World, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee. One additional honor title was named: Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Not bad. Many other awards are given, which include the Coretta Scott King, Schneider, and Pura Belpré. Here are the winners of those awards, and I've selected one from each to share more fully.
Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CSK Author Honor Book:
Mare’s War, by Tanita S. Davis
Forced on a cross-country road trip with their eccentric grandmother, teen sisters Octavia and Tali discover more about their family history through a series of recollections of Mare's time in the Women's Army Corp. Along the journey, the teens develop a better understanding of their grandmother and themselves. A wonderful, engaging book, the positive and strong characters earned the author a nomination for a NAACP image award.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
My People, illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes
CSK Illustrator Honor Book:
The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon
Django, written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
Anything but Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Jason is a sixth-grade boy, who loves creative writing, and has been diagnosed with autism. He is comfortable in his online world, where he can shape his words of fiction and interaction. He is less comfortable among people, where he needs to turn to his lessons on social expectations and body language to interpret the world around him. When the two worlds are scheduled to mix, Jason faces a true conflict of interest and self. An interesting and well-written book, it slipped under the radar in children's literature - probably due to the attention given to the Young Adult book that focused on a character with Asperger's syndrome and its title is...
Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award:
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Pat Mora
It's Children's Day and Book Day and the kids are celebrating by reading their favorite books anywhere and everywhere. The bright lively pictures and joyful, bilingual text are engaging. The festive feeling is infectious. A fun picture book to extol books and reading as a cause of celebration.
Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Books: Gracias Thanks, illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora; My Abuelita, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston and Diego: Bigger Than Life, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Return to Sender, written by Julia Alvarez
Pura Belpré Author Honor Books:
Diego: Bigger Than Life, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz; and Federico García Lorca, written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro
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