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2011 Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King Awards, and More

The most prestigious prizes for American children's books were announced this morning at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. For more details, more awards, and the titles of the honors books, see this press release from ALA.

Here is a partial list of winners:

Caldecott Medal: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead

Newbery Medal: Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

  • Author Award: One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Illustrator Award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill

Geisel Award: Bink and Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee; illustrated by Tony Facile

Morris Award: The Freak Observer, by Blythe Woolston

Printz Award: Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Pura Belpre Award (author): The Dreamer, by Pam Muñoz Ryan; Pura Belpre Award (illustrator): Grandma's Gift, written and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Schneider Family Book Award

  • The Pirate of Kindergarten, written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Lynne Avril (ages 0 to 10)
  • After Ever After, by Jordan Sonnenblick (ages 11-13)
  • Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John (teens)

Siebert Informational Book Award: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, by Sy Montgomery, with photographs by Nic Bishop

Stonewall Book Award: Almost Perfect, by Bryan Katcher

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, by Ann Angel


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Just stopping by to wish you Happy New Year!

I was ecstatic when I heard them announce that Grace Lin's "Ling & Ting" had received a Geisel Honor Award! I was also happy that Joyce Sidman got a Newbery Honor Award for "Dark Emperor." I wish poetry books received awards from ALA more frequently.

BTW, I thought Sidman's "Ubiquitous" was an exceptional poetry collection too.

My to-be-read pile just grew! I'm interested in reading Five Flavors of Dumb, Freak Observer, and Moon Over Manifest.

Jaw-dropping moments: Ship Break by Bacigalupi winning the Printz and One Crazy Summer being honored for the Newbery. I was really hoping it would win. I am glad it won the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

Elaine and Adrienne, I have a lot of catching up to do, too! The kids' book I want to read next is Zora and Me. I'm intrigued by the premise.

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