Monday, January 26, 2009

ALA Awards Announcement

Now that the big day has finally arrived and the ALA awards have been announced, it's time to see how I did with my goal of reading the winner BEFORE it was announced. Below is the list of winners and I've put an asterick in front of the title if I've read it:

Newbery Medal

* (yipeeee!) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins Children's Books

Newbery Honor Books
* The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
* The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle, Henry Holt and Company, LLC
* Savvy by Ingrid Law, Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC
* After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers

Caldecott Medal

* The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson, Houghton Mifflin Co.

Caldecott Honor Books
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee, Harcourt, Inc.
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz, Farrar Straus Giroux
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Michael Printz Award

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Printz Honor Books
* The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves, by M.T. Anderson, published by Candlewick Press.
* The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart, published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
* Nation, by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Morris Award

* A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Morris Honor Books
* Graceling, written by Kristin Cashore, published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Absolute Brightness, written by James Lecesne, published by HarperTeen/Laura Geringer Books
* Madapple, written by Christina Meldrum, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Me, The Missing, and the Dead, written by Jenny Valentine, published by HarperTeen.

2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer

Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Batchelder Award

Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., publisher of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

Batchelder Honor Books
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., publisher of Garmann's Summer written and illustrated by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., publisher of Tiger Moon written by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Belpré Author Award

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt

Belpré Author Honor Books
Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
* Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez, Houghton Mifflin Co.
The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre, Children's Book Press

Belpré Illustrator Award

Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership Press

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books
Papa and Me illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorros, Rayo, and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucia Gonzalez, Children's Book Press
What Can You Do with a Rebozo illustrated by Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla, Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press

Carnegie Medal

Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly, Weston Woods Studios, producers of March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

Geisel Award

Are You Ready to Play Outside? written and illustrated by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Geisel Honor Books
Chicken Said, 'Cluck!' written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell, HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
One Boy written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
Stinky written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis, The Little Lit Library, a division of RAW Junior, LLC
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, Boyds Mills Press

Odyssey Award (asterick only if I listened to the book)

* The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, produced by Recorded Books, LLC

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady, written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen and Live Audio, Inc.
Elijah of Buxton written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
I'm Dirty written by Kate and Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy, produced by Peachtree Publishers
* Nation written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, produced by Harper Children's Audio/HarperCollins Publishers

Sibert Medal

* We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Sibert Honor Books
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of the Past written by James M. Deem, Houghton Mifflin Company
What to Do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! written by Barbara Kerley, illusrated by Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Wilder Medal
Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of numerous books, including "Dancing Granny," "Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum" and "Beautiful Blackbird."

Coretta Scott King Author Award

* Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Author Honor Books
Hope Anita Smith for Keeping the Night Watch published by Henry Holt and Company
Joyce Carol Thomas for The Blacker the Berry published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Carole Boston Weatherford for Becoming Billie Holiday published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Floyd Cooper for The Blacker the Berry published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Illustrator Honor Books
* Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
Jerry Pinkney for The Moon Over Star published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
* Sean Qualls for Before John Was a Jazz Giant published by Henry Holt and Company

John Steptoe New Talent Award - Illustrator

Shadra Strickland for Bird published by Lee & Low Books

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Laurie Halse Anderson

The Schneider Family Book Award

Young Children
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum, written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House

Middle-School
* Waiting for Normal, written by Leslie Conner, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Teen
Jerk, California, written by Jonathan Friesen and published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group.

Overall, I didn't do so bad. I had read the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Morris, Odyssey, Siebert, Schneider Family Middle-Grade, and Coretta Scott King Author awards. And, I've read K.T. Horning's book, Cover to Cover, most of Ashley Bryan's work, and all of Laurie Halse Anderson's novels.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with myself and the award winners. I was suprised that Chains and Hunger Games didn't even get an honor. Both of these books deserved them IMHO. How about you? Were you pleased with the winners?

Congratulations to all of the winners and honors!

Now, on to this year's list......What are you reading right now?

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