Award-winning Informational Books

Did you know that there is an award for the most outstanding children’s nonfiction or “true” book of the year?  The American Library Association awards the Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children each year on the same day the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced.  This year  “Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream,” written by Tanya Lee Stone, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

 Three Sibert Honor Books were named: “The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors,” written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani and published by Charlesbridge; “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca, and published by Richard Jackson/Atheneum Books for Young Readers; and “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice,” written by Phillip Hoose and published by Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

                                      Did you know he even has an award named after him?  It is called the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and is for the most distinguished beginning reader book.  This year “Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! ,” written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by TOON BOOKS, a division of RAW Junior, LLC.

Four Geisel Honor Books were named: “I Spy Fly Guy!” written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold and published by Scholastic; “Little Mouse Gets Ready,” written and illustrated by Jeff Smith and published by TOON BOOKS, a division of RAW Junior, LLC; “Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends,” written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; and “Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day,” written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R. W. Alley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Learning More about Coretta Scott King Award Winners

The journal Booklist’s Quick Tips Newsletter recently highlighted a website that teachers, librarians and homeschoolers may find useful to extend their study of African American authors and illustrators who have won the Coretta Scott King Awards:  
“TeachingBooks.net now offers the Coretta Scott King Book Award Online Curriculum Resource Center, a searchable database featuring more than 250 voice recordings of the winners and honor recipients, including Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Jerry Pinkney, and Christopher Paul Curtis, as well as a comprehensive selection of lesson plans, book readings, and videos. Don’t miss this outstanding free resource as you celebrate Black History Month with your students.”

Annual Book Award for Latino Writer and Illustrator

 

The American Library Association also awards the most outstanding Latino authors and illustrators of the year.  The following information comes from ALA.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience “Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros,” illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Pat Mora and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

 Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and published by Marshall Cavendish Children; “My Abuelita,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston and published by Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; and “Gracias Thanks,” illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

 Pura Belpré (Author) AwardReturn to Sender,” written by Julia Alvarez, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

 Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz and published by Marshall Cavendish Children; and “Federico García Lorca,” (not yet in library) written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro and published by Lectorum Publications Inc.

Coretta Scott King Awards

 

In addition to the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, there are a number of other important awards presented by the American Library Association annually.  The Coretta Scott King Awards’ description and list of 2010 winners that follow are taken from The American Library Association website.

 “Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.”

 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults “Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall,” written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

 One King Author Honor Book was selected: “Mare’s War” by Tanita S. Davis and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book AwardMy People,” illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Langston Hughes and published by Ginee Seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

 One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes and published by Disney – Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group. Continue reading

Newbery and Caldecott Awards

The American Library Association awarded their annual youth media awards on Monday, January 18th. Here are the Newbery and the Caledecott winners and honor books.  In coming days we will highlight other awards.

John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature “When You Reach Me,” written by Rebecca Stead, is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 

 Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Phillip Hoose and published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly and published by Henry Holt and Company; “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin and published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers; and “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” by Rodman Philbrick and published by The Blue Sky Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc.

 Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children “The Lion & the Mouse,” illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, is the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.

 Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “All the World,” illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and published by Beach Lane Books; and “Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.