Wednesday, January 20, 2010

And speaking of DREAMS . . . the ALA Awards

Quite a few dreams came true on Monday with the announcement of the ALA Awards. CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!

Here are a few:

2010 John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

Winner: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. Wendy Lamb Books (imprint of Random House Children’s Books)--LOVED THIS, it took me back to my own childhood days in NYC

Honor Books:

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux (imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. Henry Holt and Company

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. The Blue Sky Press (imprint of Scholastic)

2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children

Winner: The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers--LONG OVERDUE, imho.

Honor Books:

All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon. Beach Lane Books

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2010 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

Winner: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Honor Book: Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis. Alfred A. Knopf (imprint of Random House Children’s Books)

2010 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Winner: My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes. Gineo Seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Honor Book: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes. Disney - Jump at the Sun Books (imprint of Disney Book Group)

2010 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. Aladdin (imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

2010 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Walter Dean Myers

2010 Pura Belpré (Author) Award--presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Winner: Return to Sender, by Julia Alvarez. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Honor Books:
Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz. Marshall Cavendish Children

Federico Garcia Lorca (Cuando Los Grandes Eran Pequenos/ When the Grown-Ups Were Children) by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro. Lectorum Publications Inc.

2010 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award--presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Winner: Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros illustrated by Rafael López, written by Pat Mora. Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Honor Books:
Diego: Bigger Than Life illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Marshall Cavendish Children

My Abuelita illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston. Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gracias Thanks, illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora. Lee & Low Books

2010 Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences

Django written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen. Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press. Award for best young children ages 0 to 10.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Award for middle grades (ages 11-13).

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books (imprint of Scholastic) Award for teens (ages 13 -18)

2010 William C. Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

Winner: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan. Houghton Mifflin

Ash by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown)

The Everafter by Amy Huntley (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)

hold still by Nina LaCour (Dutton)

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book

Winner: Benny And Penny in The Big No-No written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. TOON BOOKS, a division of RAW Junior, LLC.

Honor Books:
I Spy Fly Guy written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold. Scholastic

Little Mouse Gets Ready written and illustrated by Jeff Smith. TOON BOOKS, a division of RAW Junior, LLC

Mouse & Mole, Fine Feathered Friends written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R. W. Alley. Dial Books for Young Readers

2010 Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children

Winner: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick Press

Honor Books:
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani. Charlesbridge

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca. Richard Jackson/Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus and Giroux

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

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: Lois Lowry

For a more comprehensive listing of all the national awards (ALA & otherwise) given to 2009 books for children and teens see this article by Elizabeth Bluemle on Publisher Weekly's Shelftalker blog.

Congratulations also & again to Kekla Magoon and Tanita S. Davis for their NAACP Image Award nominations!

Click here to see how Rebecca Stead and Jerry Pinkney reacted to news of winning the top awards when ALA called

Has anyone read any of the winning titles? So far I've read When you reach me, and The Rock and the River is in my to-be-read pile.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thank you soooo much for posting this!! It's wonderful to have it all in one place. :-)

Crystal said...

You're welcome, Shannon! :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I have to confess I haven't read it yet, but THE ROCK AND THE RIVER was written by an agent-mate of mine. So go, Kekla, and go, Michelle!

Crystal said...

That's wonderful you're agent-mates! Yes, certainly, many congratulations also to your agent, Michelle Humphrey!

Tess said...

Can you just imagine the day these authors/illustrators had? Getting that amazing phonecall? I get all giddy for them -- and I don't even know any of them!

I've read When You Reach me (excellent) and Mare's War (Tanita and I share the same agent/great book). The others have been ordered!

Crystal said...

Hey Tess! Congratulations are in order, then, for your agent as well! Yes, Mare's War seems like a great read . . . I'm going to check it out when I take the kids back to the library. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Thanks for this amazing list. I can't wait to get my hands on WHEN YOU REACH ME!

Crystal said...

Hey Lisa, Hey Laura! You're quite welcome! Thanks for stopping by! :)

MG Higgins said...

Thanks for this list, Crystal. You put a lot of work into it! I've read a few of them and I've got Mare's War next on my reading list.

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh, what an awesome list Crystal. And When You Reach Me is definitely on my, I gotta have it pile. This list took a super amount of work. How lucky are we that you did this. Thanks girl! (^_^)

Sharon Mayhew said...

Crystal, Thanks so much for all of the work you put into this post. It's a lot of work to collect all the information you have here, let alone putting up all the links. I'll have to come back to this one tomorrow, with a pen and paper! reat job!

Crystal said...

You're welcome, Sharon! I hope it's helpful! :)

Sharon Mayhew said...

It is, Crystal! Great job!

Victoria Dixon said...

Thanks for putting up all this stuff, Crystal! It's a little late for me now, but it's good to know I can come here for contest info! Thanks for following me. :)