The American Library Association has announced the winners of its 2014 Youth Media Awards. And, if you missed them, be sure to watch the lively SLJ Pre- and Post-Game Shows for opinion, prediction, and reaction to the announcements from Fuse#8 blogger Elizabeth Bird and Lori Ess.
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: Doll Bones by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books/S&S); The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow/HarperCollins); One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Knopf/Random House); and Paperboy, by Vince Vawter (Delacorte/Random House).
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum/S&S), is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner.
Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick); Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle); and Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin).
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), is the 2014 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan); Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (Candlewick); Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch (Candlewick); and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte/Penguin Random).
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
P.S. Be Eleven (Amistad/HarperCollins) by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected: March: Book One, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions; Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad/HarperCollins); and Words with Wings, written by Nikki Grimes and published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Daniel Beaty (Little, Brown/Hachette).
One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: Nelson Mandela, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins).
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack are the winners of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.
Patricia McKissack and her late husband Fredrick McKissack, both natives of Tennessee, began their writing and research partnership in the 1980’s.Their subject matter from family-based folklore to nonfiction titles, are scholarly researched and written with accurate, authentic text, creating a cultural transmission of history. Their immense range of topics are informative, readable and enjoyable, covering accounts from slavery days to biographical studies of noted men and women in African American history past and present.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Knopf/Random House) wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins) is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion/Disney).
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
Brewster by Mark Slouka (Norton)
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (Harper/HarperCollins)
Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin (ATRIA/Simon & Schuster)
Help for the Haunted by John Searles (Morrow/HarperCollins)
Lexicon: A Novel, written by Max Barry and published by The Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot/Osprey Group)
Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas (Crown/Random)
Relish by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay (ATRIA/Simon & Schuster)
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Redhook Books/Hachette)
Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of Bink & Gollie: Two for One, are the Carnegie Medal winners. The video’s cast is anchored by Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, with music by David Mansfield. Tony Fucile’s artwork is brilliantly brought to life by Chuck Gammage Animation.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Markus Zusak is the 2014 Edwards Award winner. His books include: The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger (Knopf/Random) and Getting the Girl and Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic).
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:
Author and illustrator Brian Selznick, whose groundbreaking The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal, will deliver the 2015 lecture.
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:
Mister Orange is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as Mister Orange, the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life, written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; My Father’s Arms Are a Boat, written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; and The War Within These Walls, written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
Scowler, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2014 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
Four Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: Better Nate Than Ever (Simon and Schuster Audio), written and narrated by Tim Federle; Creepy Carrots! (Weston Woods Studios, Inc), written by Aaron Reynolds; Eleanor & Park, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; and Matilda, produced by Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Niño Wrestles the World, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita, illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams.
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, written by Meg Medina, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named: The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; The Living, written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company; and Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Parrots over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Four Sibert Honor Books were named: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate and published by Candlewick Press; Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; and The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd; and Fat Angie, written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press, are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.
Three Honor Books were selected: Better Nate Than Ever, written by Tim Federle and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; Branded by the Pink Triangle,” written by Ken Setterington and published by Second Story Press; and Two Boys Kissing, written by David Levithan and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:
The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named: Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group; and Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
Charm & Strange, written by Stephanie Kuehn, is the 2014 Morris Award winner. The book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of
Four other books were finalists for the award: Sex & Violence written by Carrie Mesrobian and published by Carolrhoda LAB, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group; Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, written by Evan Roskos and published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; Belle Epoque, written by Elizabeth Ross and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, written by Cat Winters and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, written by Neal Bascomb, is the 2014 Excellence winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Four other books were finalists for the award: Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, written by Chip Kidd and published by Workman Publishing Company; Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II, written by Martin W. Sandler and published by Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.; Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers, written by Tanya Lee Stone and published by Candlewick Press; and The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, written by James L. Swanson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, see www.ala.org/yma .