Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 11, 2011

Children’s/YA Award Winners

One of the things I always tell new writers and one that everyone in the industry will tell you is to read, read, read.  The list below is a great place to start when making up your book list for this year’s reading.  My problem is I still have a pile of books from last year waiting for me to read.  Even so, my itchy Amazon finger couldn’t control itself and made me order three books on the list today.  

Funny how most of the editors will tell you they are not looking for historical fiction, but most of the books listed for the Newbery are historical fiction.  Doesn’t that make you want to buy a historical fiction manuscript, editors?  Of course to be fair, what the editors are saying is that historical fiction doesn’t sell and the Newbery committee is not picking the winners using that criteria.

At the bottom you will notice that Grace Lin (Our Keynote Speaker for our June Conference) won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award for her book LING & TING.  Congratulations, Grace!

Here is the full list of children’s/YA award winners from today’s ALA ceremony! 

Newbery Awards & Honors

Honor Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night Joyce Sidman 9780547152288
Honor Heart of a Samurai Margi Preus 9780810989818
Honor One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia 9780060760885
Honor Turtle in Paradise Jennifer L. Holm 9780375836886
Winner Moon Over Manifest Clare Vanderpool 9780385738835


Caldecott Awards & Honors

Honor Dave the Potter Laban Carick Hill 9780316107310
Honor Interrupting Chicken David Ezra Stein 9780763641689
Winner A Sick Day for Amis McGee Erin Stead 9781596434028


ALEX Awards: The Alex Awards are given to 10 adult books that are appealing to young adults

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To D.C. Pierson 9780307474612
Breaking Night Liz Murray 9780786868919
Girl in Translation Jean Kwok 9781594487569
The House of Tomorrow Peter Bognanni 9780399156090
The Lock Artist Steve Hamilton 9780312380427
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender 9780385501125
The Radleys Matt Haig 9781439194010
The Reapers Are the Angels Alden Bell 9780805092431
Room Emma Donoghue 9780316098335
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Helen Grant 9780385344173


Schneider Awards: Annual juvenile award to an author or illustrator that best captures the disability experience

Best Children’s Book The Pirate of Kingergarten George Ella Lyon 9781416950240
Best Middle School Book After Ever After Jordan Sonnenblick 9780439837064
Best Teen Book Five Flavors of Dumb Antony John 9780803734333


Stonewall children’s and YA literature Award: Annual award for English language book best capturing GLBT  experience

2011 Honor Books

Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green 9780525421580
Love Drugged James Klise 9780738721750
Freaks and Revelations David Willis Hurwin 9780316049962
The Boy in the Dress David Williams 9781595142993


2011 Winner

Almost Perfect Brian Katcher 9780385736657


Coretta Scott King: Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions

Lifetime Achievement Henrietta M. Smith    
New Talent Zora & Me Victoria Bond 9780763643003
New Talent Seeds of Change Sonia Lynn SadlerJen Cullerton Johnson 9781600603679
Illustrator Dave the Potter Laban Carick Hill 9780316107310
Author Honor Lock Down Sharon Berti 9781450062732
Author Honor Ninth Ward Jewell Parker Rhodes 9780316043076
Author Honor Yummy G. Neri 9781584302674
Author Winner One Crazy Summer Rita Garcia-Williams 9780060760885


Margaret A. Edwards Awards for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature

  • Terry Pratchett

William C. Morris Award for Best debut YA Author

Honor Hush Esches Chayil 9780802720887
Honor Guardian of the Dead Karen Healy 9780316044301
Honor Hold Me Closer Necromancer Lish McBride 9780805090987
Winner Freak the Observer Blythe Woolston 9780761362128


YALSA Best Nonfiction Award

Honor Spies of Mississippi Rick Bowers 9781426305955
Honor The Dark Game Paul Janeckzo 9780763629151
Honor They Called Themselves the KKK Susan Campbell Bartoletti 9780618440337
Winner Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Ann Angel 9780810983496


Printz Honor Books: Excellence in YA Literature

Winner Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi 9780316056212


Pura Belpre Awards: Celebrating Latino Authors and Illustrators

Winner Illustration Grandma’s Gift Eric Velasquez 9780802720825
Winner Text The Dreamer Pam Munoz Bryan 9780439269704


Mildred L. Batch Elder Award: International and Translated into English

Winner A Time of Miracles Anne-Laure Bondoux 9780385739221


Sibert Honor: Most Distinguished Informational Book

Honor Ballet for Martha Jan Greenberg 9781596433380
Honor Lafayette & the American Revolution Russell Freedman 9780823421824
Winner Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot Sy Montgomery 9780618494170


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award: Lasting & Significant Contribution to Children’s Literature

  • Tomie DePaola

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award: Book for Beginning Readers that demonstrate great creativity and imagination to engage children in reading

Honor Ling & Ting Grace Lin 9780316024525
Honor We Are in a Book Moe Willems 9781423133087
Winner Bink & Gollie Kate DiCamillo 9780763632663

Talk tomorrow,


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