Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, January 28, 2013

American Library Association Youth Media Awards 2013

The American Library Association announced the 2013 winners of its Youth Media Awards today!  I've added my thoughts in the rare occasion that I've read the book.

John Newbery Medal
for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature
Winner
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate











Honors
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
--One of my favorite middle grade reads of the year, I'm not at all surprised to see this sweet and charming title on the list.









Randolph Caldecott Medal
for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Winner
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
--I love it, but I can't help thinking it got the medal because I Want My Hat Back was treated so strangely last year.







Honors
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
--This is a very striking book with an awesome noiry look.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
--One of my favorite picture books of the year, this is a perfect marriage of subject and depiction.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
--A clever use of die-cuts, but I'm surprised to see it here.
One Cool Friend by Tony Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
--A solid entry, but another I didn't expect to make the list.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
--Okay, where did this come from?  It's nice enough, but it never even occurred to me to consider for a win.








Coretta Scott King Book Award
recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults
Winner
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney










Honors
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. White
--A lovely book that doesn't pull any punches.  Every school library should have it.
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
--This book takes such a unique approach to telling the story of a man more people should know.  A must for any bookseller.








Coretta Scott King Book Award
recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Winner
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier
--A beautiful way to bring Hughes's classic poem to life.










Honors
H.O.R.S.E. by Christopher Myers
Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter
--A nice way to depict an important part of African American history.
I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson
--It's Kadir Nelson illustrating the I Have a Dream speech.  How could you go wrong?









Michael L. Printz Award
for excellence in literature written for young adults
Winner
In Darkness by Nick Lake











Honors
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 Beverley Brenna











Schneider Family Book Award
for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
Winner Children Ages 0 to 10
Back to Front and Upside Down! by Claire Alexander










Winner Middle School (Ages 11-13)
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean











Winner Teen (Ages 13-18)
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis











Alex Awards
for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
Winners
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 of my favorite books of last year.  Don't let the serial killer aspect scare you off; it's much more about recognizing issues and addressing them as a society.
One Shot at Forever 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











Andrew Carnegie Medal
for excellence in children's video
Winner
Katja Torneman, producer of Anna, Emma and the Condors

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Winner
Katherine Paterson

Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Winner
Demetria Tucker

Margaret A. Edwards Award
for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
Winner
Tamora Pierce

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.
Winner
Andrea Davis Pinkney

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
for outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States
Winner
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel











Honors
A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin
Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf











Odyssey Award
for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
Winner
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, read by Kate Rudd











Honors
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, read by Nathaniel Parker
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, read by Elliot Hill
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, read by Katherine Kellgren










Pura Belpre Award
honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Winner
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz
--It's a pretty book, to be sure.  Perhaps a little library for us.









Honors
None this year

Pura Belpre Award
honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Winner
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz











Honors
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano











Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
for most distinguished informational book for children
Winner
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin










Honors
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
--Another that's best for libraries, but I like the format.  (I think.  I think this is the one with small panels of information on each page, but that could have been another picture book biography.)
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
--One of my favorite middle grade reads of the year, this is really readable and taught this Titanic fanatic a few things.









Stonewall Book Award--Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award
given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience
Winner
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz











Honors
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
--One of my favorite middle grade reads of the year, I'm happy to see this getting recognized for its enlightened approach to sexuality in middle school.
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










Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
for the most distinguished beginning reader book
Winner
Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long
--Very cute book.  I can't say I'm surprised to see it here.














Honors
Let's Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
--I have to say, I don't get Pete the Cat.  But I know more than a few kids who totally do.
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell











William C. Morris Award
for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Winner
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman











Honors
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











YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing for Young Adults
Winner
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin










Honors
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
--It really is good for a variety of ages.
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson











Overall
--Man, The Fault in Our Stars did not do nearly as well as most people thought it would, huh?
--One of the big winners is Bomb, which isn't surprising, given the hype, but I did not peg it for a Newbery Honor.
--How cool is it that the same book won a Printz Honor, a Stonewall and a Pura Belpre?

What does everyone think?  What's missing, what's a surprise and what is so good to see recognized?