2011 book awards

Every year, the American Library Association doles out a number of prestigious awards to authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.  A few of these prizes are very well known, while a number of lesser-known categories highlight fantastic titles we might otherwise miss.

The 2011 winners were announced on Monday.  So exciting!

Since Orange Marmalade generally serves the 12-and-down age category, I thought I’d list some of the award-winners pertinent to you.  I have read a number of these books, but not all, so don’t view this list as necessarily recommended by me.  However, these award lists are often where I go to get ideas of what to read next.  Sometimes I agree with the committee; sometimes I don’t.  But as I make my way through the titles, I’m sure you’ll be seeing some of them popping up in reviews.

The John Newbery Medal for the most oustanding contribution to children’s literature went to:
Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Newbery Honors went to:
Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus (this is teen fiction)
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (Look for my review next week!)

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

Caldecott Honors went to:
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
Interrupting Chicken, illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein

The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, which recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults, went to:
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (Yup.  It won a Newbery Honor, too.  Look for it in Orange Marmalade next Tuesday.)


The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award went to:
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (again, also a Caldecott Honor book)


The Pura Belpre Author Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience, was awarded to:
The Dreamer, by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis (see my review)


The Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children went to:
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop

Sibert Honor Books were:
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca
Lafayette and the American Revolution, by Russell Freedman

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book went to:
Bink and Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Geisel Honor Books were:
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin
We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Williams

You can see the complete list of awards here: