Monday, January 26, 2009

ALA Awards

I'd love to hear any of your thoughts on this. Let the arguing begin!

Personally, I'm extremely pumped about Neil Gaiman winning the Newbery for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. He went out of his way to spend 15 minutes talking to Brandon Mull and me at BEA, and I've never forgotten it. He is such an awesome dude. And his book rocks.

And I just don't see how HUNGER GAMES doesn't get on the Printz list. Well reviewed, and every person on Planet Earth loves it. Oh, well.

Here is the list:

John Newbery Medal:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
John Newbery Honor Books:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes
Randolph Caldecott Honor Books:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Coretta Scott King Author Award:
Kadir Nelson, “We Are the Ship”
King Author Honor Books:
Hope Anita Smith, “Keeping the Night Watch
Joyce Carol Thomas, “The Blacker the Berry”
Carole Boston Weatherford, “Becoming Billie Holiday”

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:
Floyd Cooper, “The Blacker the Berry”
King Illustrator Honor Books:
Kadir Nelson, “We Are the Ship”
Sean Qualls, “Before John Was a Jazz Giant”
Jerry Pinkney, “The Moon Over Star”

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
Shadra Strickland, illustrator of “Bird”

Michael L. Printz Award:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Printz Honor Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume II by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award:
We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
Sibert Honor:
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
What to do about Alice? By Barbara Kerley

Schneider Family Book Awards:
Young Children:
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker
Middle School: Waiting For Normal by Leslie Conner
Teens: Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

Mildred L. Batchelder Award:
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
Batchelder Honor Books:
Garmann’s Summer by Stian Hole
Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis

Pura Belpré Author Award:
Margarita Engle for “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom”
Pura Belpré Author Honors:
Francisco Jimenez for “Reaching Out”
Yuvi Morales for “Just in Case”
Lucia Gonzalez for “The Storyteller’s Candle”

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award:
Yuvi Morales for “Just in Case”
Pura Belpré Illustrator Honors:
Rudy Gutierrez for “Papá and Me”
Lulu Delacre for “The Storyteller’s Candle”
Amy Córdova for “What can you do with a Rebozo?”

Alex Awards:
1. City of Thieves by David Henioff
2. The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
3. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
4. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
5. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
6. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
7. Over and Under by Todd Tucker
8. The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom
9. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
10. Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

Odyssey Award (audio books):
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Odyssey Honor (audio books):
Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Elijah of Buxton
I’m Dirty!
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

Margaret A. Edwards Award
Laurie Halse Anderson: “Catalyst,” “Fever 1793,” “Speak”

William C. Morris Award Finalists
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Me, The Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine

Morris Award
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
Kathleen T. Horning

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Ashley Bryan, “Beautiful Blackbird,” “Dancing Granny,” “Sing to the Sun,” and “Words to My Life’s Song”

Andrew Carnegie Medal
MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
“Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems
Geisel Honor
“Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’” by Judyann Ackerman Grant
“One Boy” by Laura Vacarro Seeger
“Stinky” by Eleanor Davis
“Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator” by Sarah C. Campbell


J.N. Future Author said...

O.o I have not heard of any of those...are they new releases?

hmmm, I guess I'll have to add a ton of those to the list of to-read things ^.^

Brian said...

I haven't heard of any of those except for The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and The Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman.

Tamra Norton said...

Well, I'm WAY psyched today because my friend and mentor Kathi Appelt won a Newbery Honor for THE UNDERNEATH. Here's a little inspirational story about the "making" of this book...

Before the release of THE UNDERNEATH, Kathi was known for her rhyming picture books--hadn't written anything novel length. But Kathi said she got to the point that if she wrote another rhyming picture book she was going to go crazy. But she also felt paralyzed by the process of writing a longer book, so she didn't write anything for quite a while. Finally, she told her agent she was going to be sending her 25 pages a week, and she wanted the agent to hold her accountable for it (basically, her own little mind game). So this is what she did for several months until she had the first draft of THE UNDERNEATH. The book then went through about a dozen or so revisions--can't exactly remember the number--over about a 2 year period with her agent. She cut 100 or so pages--an entire plotline, an entire family, was eliminated from the story. She said it was brutal. But look what she has now! THE UNDERNEATH was also chosen as a National Book Award finalist a few months back.

Luisa Perkins said...

The Graveyard Book ROCKS. It was my #1 book last year (not that the press picked up on that at all).

I wish Octavian Nothing had won in its category; it's amazing.

Q said...

Ack! You're totally right. The Hunger Games should have gotten something.

But The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was quite hilarious.

L.T. Elliot said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

Congrats to all the winners!

LouMac said...

Ummm...I'm not sure I have heard or read any of those books. I guess I am missing out. I'll definitely add those to my "To Read" list. All though my "To Read" list and my "To Do" list is the same. Hmmmm...I wonder how that happened....

Anyways, congratulations to all the winners. Too bad you didn't win James.

I guess you are too good for them and they are just too jealous!

You're a winner in my book!

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Heather Moore said...

I haven't heard of any of these books. And only a couple of the authors. I'm definitely going to read The Graveyard and The Underneath.

Maybe we can give The Hunger Games the People's award or something :)

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - but have not heard the audio book.

Of course, I loved The Graveyard Book and The Underneath!

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