This year’s ALA Awards Winners!

Here is the link for this year’s American Library Association major awards: and a great compilation of all the award titles with covers is on

While my favorite for the Newbery Okay For Now didn’t win, the similarly covered  Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos was a great selection. This is the ratcheted up book for Joey Pigza (Of course he’d use Wikipedia as a source!)  fans. Just finished reading Inside Out and Back Again which is a very poignant story, perhaps more appreciated by the older generations that experienced the Vietnam era first hand.  Will have the other Newbery honor book Breaking Stalin’s Nose written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin moving to the top of my reading pile as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

Favorite author Chris Raschka’s A Ball for Daisy  is the Caldecott Medal winner. The Caldecott Honor Books  were  Blackout  by John Rocco,  Grandpa Green  by Lane Smith and Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell (This book also won the Zolotow award!) . There have been some complaints already that the few same people receive these awards multiple times. I am looking forward to reading the books before I weigh in an opinion. Some years I can see a book and know it will be the winner – The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkey was an easy call a few years ago. I haven’t been on an ALA committee, but I have served on other committees and know that you may get a say, but you may not get your way!

For the Coretta Scott King award, I called it correctly… Kadir Nelson won the gold for writing it and the silver for illustrations in his Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. Honor books include Eloise Greenfield’s  The Great Migration: Journey to the North and is illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist  and Patricia C. McKissack’s author Never Forgotten illustrated by favorites of mine Leo and Diane DillonUnderground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans  is the King Illustrator Book winner. Ashley Bryan well deservedly  is this year’s  winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement!

I love the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book! This award started the first year I was a librarian so I always look forward to this list for my elementary school  library! The Geisel Award winner is Tales for Very Picky Eater (Would have been perfect for my daughter when she was that age!) by Josh Schneider.  The 3  Geisel Honor Books were  I Broke My Trunk  by Mo Willems (OF COURSE!!!!) ,  I Want My Hat Back  by Jon Klassen and See Me Run  by Paul Meisel. Will have to order more of these authors’ books for our EME = Emergent Readers table and “Golden Cart!”

Schneider Family Book Award is for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:  two of my favorite reads of the year Close to Famous and Wonderstruck although I didn’t think of either of these books in this category – will have to RE-READ!

Pura Belpré  Awards honor a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. I am looking forward to reading all these titles!  Illustration Winner Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and the two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos and Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown. Author Winner: Under the Mesquite written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall and the two  Honor Books were: Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck written by Margarita Engle and Maximilian and The Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller written by Xavier Garza.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for  informational book winners: Gold – Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade written by Melissa Sweet Four Silvers were: Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor  by Larry Dane Brimnerand, Drawing from Memory, by Allen Say (Biography  and Graphic Novel!!!!) The Elephant Scientist (Sounds like a GREAT series) written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs byCaitlin O’Connell and TimothyRodwelland,  Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem (Sounds like a great partnering for Witch of Blackbird Pond!) written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzerand.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award isn’t given every year, but every other year. (It used to be every three years!)

E. B. White Read Aloud Awards:;

A new one for me is the Picture Book Hall of Fame with the new  title being: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. There are great titles on the list for 2009, 2010 and 2011! Hope we have copies of all these classics in the library!

The 2011 winners of the Jane Addams Peace Association Award are here:


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