Several awards for children's/YA literature have been announced recently...
2009 Costa Children's Book Award Winner (which is basically the equivalent to the Newbery in the UK)
Patrick Ness: The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, Book Two)
Judges: "From the first word, we were gripped by this dazzlingly-imagined, morally complex, compulsively-plotted tale. We are convinced that this is a major achievement in the making."
Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor's oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other's thoughts.
2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (Candlewick Press, 2009).
In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father's failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot's abandoned barn - a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it's hard to trust what you see with your own eyes, and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes.
SB&F Awards (Science Books & Films Online, a critical review journal for all sciences and all ages)
SB&F Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Jean Craighead George
Children's Science Picture Book: Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World. Steven Jenkins & Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Middle Grades Science Book: How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists & Kids Explore Global Warming. Lynne Cherry & Gary Braasch. Dawn, 2008.
Young Adult Science Book: Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life. Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang. Bloomsbury, 2008.
Hands-on Science Book: True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do To Save the Planet. Kim McKay & Jenny Bonnin. National Geographic, 2008.