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2013 ALA Youth Media Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named:
- Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
- Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
- Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
- Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
- Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
- Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
- Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue (on order for CHPL)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Two King Author Honor Books were selected:
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
- No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:
- H. O. R. S. E., illustrated and written by Christopher Myers
- Ellen’s Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
- I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Dodger by Terry Pratchett
- The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna (on order for CHPL)
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Gary D. Schmidt and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.
Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
One Belpré Author Honor Book was named:
- The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
Three Sibert Honor Books were named:
- Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Robert Byrd
- Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip M. Hoose
- Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, written by Deborah Hopkinson
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
- Back to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. (on order for CHPL)
- A Dog Called Homeless written by Sarah Lean is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.
- The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
Up, Tall and High! written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss Award winner. The book is published by G. P.Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named:
- Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems
- Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean
- Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, written and illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Candlewick Press.
Other Awards include:
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
- Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
- Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
- Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
- One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
- Pure by Julianna Baggott
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:
Katja Torneman, producer of Anna, Emma and the Condors, is the Carnegie Medal winner.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2013 winner is Katherine Paterson. Paterson was born in China in 1932 to missionary parents and grew up in the American South, moving eighteen times before she was 18. After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, she herself became a missionary in Japan. She returned to the U.S. to attend the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she met and married John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister. Her first book, The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, was published in 1973. Katherine Paterson currently lives in Barre, Vermont.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories and writing, and in 1983, she published her first book, Song of the Lioness. She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in Syracuse, New York.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
My Family for the War is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “
- A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return, written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin
- Son of a Gun, written and translated by Anne de Graaf (not owned by CHPL)
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.
Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:
- Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker
- Ghost Knight, produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill
- Monstrous Beauty, produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and published by Simon &Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the Stonewall Award winner.
Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected:
- Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
- Gone, Gone, Gone, written by Hannah Moskowitz (on order for CHPL)
- October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, written by Lesléa Newman
- Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie, written by S. J. Adams
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
- Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby (on order for CHPL)
- Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo (on order for CHPL)
- After the Snow, written by S. D. Crockett
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post, written by emily m. danforth
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2013 Excellence winner. The book is published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
- Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, written by Karen Blumenthal
- Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip Hoose
- Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, written by Deborah Hopkinson
- We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, written by Cynthia Levinson
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit www.ala.org/yma .
Last updated: 28 January 2013