January 2013

What’s New · And the Winners Are…

The most prestigious awards in young people’s literature were announced on January 28 during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Place a hold on one (or all!) of the winners today!

John Newbery Medal

Instituted in 1922, the Newbery Medal is given to the author of the most distinguished original contribution to American literature for children during the preceding year.

2013 Medal Winner

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was established jointly in 1938 as an annual prize to recognize the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published during the preceding year.

2013 Medal Winner

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Honor Books

  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue

The Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

2013 Author Winner

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Praise songs, poetry, text and vibrant illustrations are used to profile the lives of ten influential African Americans, including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, and Barack H. Obama.

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2013 Illustrator Winner

I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes. The poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes merges with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given to “the author(s) and illustrator(s) of a beginning reader book who demonstrate great creativity and imagination in his/her/their literary and artistic achievements to engage children in reading.”

2013 Winner

Up, Tall and High! written and illustrated by Ethan Long. Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

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Michael L. Printz Award

Named for a school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association, the Michael L. Printz Award recognizes literary excellence in young adult literature.

2013 Winner

In Darkness by Nick Lake. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital. As he weakens, he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.

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