Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA Youth Media Awards Announced

That ALA Youth Media Awards were announced early this morning.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos won the Newbery! I loved this book and am happy to see it win. It also won the 2012 Scott O'Dell Award for best historical fiction, which I blogged about last week and included a link to his National Book Festival speech.

Two Newbery Honors were awarded: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhaa Lai, which also won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.

A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrataed by Chris Raschka, won the Caldecott!

Three Caldecott Honor books were awarded: Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco, Grandpa Green written and illustrated by Lane Smith and Me...Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, which also won the 2012 Charlotte Zolotow award.

Interestingly, all of the Caldecott award winners were written and illustrated by the same person.

All winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards can be found on the ALA website. I did well this year with having read the Newbery before it was announced as well as most of the other awards, but I do have some reading to do in a few of the categories. Soon, however, it will be time to take a deep breath and start all over again for 2012. Happy reading!


Ali B said...

I have Dead End in Norvelt in my TBR pile. Wish I'd had a chance to read it before the announcement, but was busy on other books and such. Mostly "such".

One of my top five reads of 2011 is Inside Out and Back Again. Borrowed a copy from the library, but I will be purchasing a copy for my home library. What a beautiful book!

My other books in the top five:
State of Wonder ~ Ann Patchett
Room ~ Emma Donoghue
The Borrower ~ Rebecca Makkai
Nowhere Near Normal ~ Traci Foust

Caroline M. said...

Thanks for all of the great recommendations. I am always looking for something new to read and your goodreads selections have given me some good ideas. I look forward to seeing your next post.