28 January 2013


Really surprised - and disappointed! - not to see Wonder recognized, but a really great group of winners overall. I'll be back sometime later to clean up the formatting, add links, etc. Happy Awards Day!

2013 John Newbery Medal

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: the Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Bennett
Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Up, Tall and High written and illustrated by Ethan Long

Let's Go for a Drive written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons written by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
Rabbit and Robot: the Sleepover written and illustrated by Cece Bell

2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Katherine Paterson

2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal

Anna, Emma and the Condors produced by Katja Torneman

2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal

Bomb: the Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin


Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

My Family for the War written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel, published by Dial Books


A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin, published by Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group
Son of a Gun written and translated by Anne de Graaf, published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the 2014 Arbuthnot lecture

2013 Pura Belpre Award for Text

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

2013 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration

Martin de Porres: the Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt

no honor books

2013 Michael L. Printz Award

In Darkness by Nick Lake


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna

2013 Odyssey Award for Audiobook Excellence

The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd and produced by Brilliance Audio

Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian written by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker and produced by Listening Library
Ghost Knight written by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill and produced by Listening Library
Monstrous Beauty written by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and produced by Macmillan Audio

2013 YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

2013 William C. Morris Award

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
After the Snow by S. D. Crockett
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award

Tamora Pierce

2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
No Crystal Stair: A documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes - hooray!

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination illustrated and written by Christopher Myers
Ellen's Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

2013 Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Practicioner Award

Demetria Tucker is the recipient of the Virgina Hamilton Practicioner Award for Lifetime Achievement

2013 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Books

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Honor Books
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams

Learn more about the Stonewall Book Awards.

2013 Schneider Family Book Awards

Back to Front and Upside Down written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

Middle Grades
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Learn more about the Schneider Family Book Awards.

2013 Alex Awards

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My Friend, Dahmer by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Learn more about the Alex Awards.

A few more minutes...

As usual, formatting and such may be a bit of a mess as I rush to get the information posted as quickly as I can. I will go back and clean up typos after the announcements have ended and Max is napping. Thanks for checking in on this page for the lists! :)

Only 3 More Hours!

Soon, the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced. Squee! It's always an exciting day for those of us who love books for young people.

Instead of typing out all the award descriptions again, I will refer you to last year's post describing the awards.

Since 2004, I have done my very best to blog the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards as soon as they're announced. This year, I have a tornado of a toddler running about, but I will still do my best. I do promise that all the awards will be posted on this blog before nightfall at the very latest (honestly, though, I think I canget it done pretty quickly).

I rarely hasten a guess at who might win (since I am terrible at that game), but I feel so sure that the amazing Wonder by R.J. Palacio will win the Newbery and that The Fault in Our Stars is pretty much a lock for the Printz Award. No clue as to the Caldecott. (And I hope I haven't jinxed the other two by speaking their names aloud!)

So, less than 3 hours now until the awards begin. Stay tuned.

11 January 2013

RIP: Gerald McDermott

I'm absolutely devastated to learn that award-winning author and illustrator Gerald McDermott died on December 26 at the age of 71. He had been creating art from a very early age and was admitted to class at one of the nation's finest museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts, when he was just four years old. He has always been a favorite of mine. I have been looking forward to sharing that love with my sweet boy. Thanks to all the beautiful books he left behind, I will still be able to, but so sad no new books will be created. You can learn more about him at his official website.