As has already doubtless been widely reported around the Kidlitosphere (and Twitter, and Facebook, and everywhere else that children's book people gather), the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, were announced today. I'm impressed and pleased A) by how many friends from the Kidlitosphere received the nod and B) by how well the people around me did in their award predictions this year. You can find the full details about all of the the award winners at the ALA website. But here are a few highlights.
Newbery Award Winner
When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead and published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, written by Phillip Hoose, and published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group (this is a Cybils shortlist title in MG/YA Nonfiction)
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, written by Jacqueline Kelly and published by Henry Holt and Company (my review)
- The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, written by Rodman Philbrick, and published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, written by Grace Lin and published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers (this is a Cybils shortlist title in MG Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Caldecott Award Winner
- All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and published by Beach Lane Books (I have not had a chance to read and review this properly, but Liz is a friend from the Kidlitosphere, and I've given away several copies as gifts on the strength of other people's reviews.) (This is also a Cybils shortlist title in Fiction Picture Books)
- 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
Printz Award Winner
Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House (this is on my shelf, and high up on my to be read list)
- Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, by Deborah Heiligman, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
- The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Punkzilla, by Adam Rapp and published by Candlewick Press
- Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, by John Barnes and published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Reader’s Group
You can find details on all of the others (Sibert, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, Schneider Family Book Award, etc.) at the ALA website.
Special kudos to two other Kidlitosphere friends:
The Day-Glo Brothers won a Sibert Informational Book Honor for author Chris Barton and illustrator Tony Persani. The Day-Glo Brothers is another book that I've heard great things about, and given as a gift, but neglected to sit down and review properly. But I'm happy for Chris, former Cybils organizer and long-time Kidlitosphere member. The Day-Glo Brothers is also a Cybils shortlist title for Nonfiction Picture Books.All in all, a quite satisfying Youth Media Awards day. I'm especially enjoying seeing all the joyful congratulations for winners I know on their Facebook pages. That makes it all real. Congratulations to all of the 2010 winners!