2012 ALA Award Winners

By Casey Wilson

Yesterday marked the announcement of the American Library Association’s annual awards for children’s literature. Below, I’ve listed the winner in each category. Do check the ALA’s press release for the full list of honor books, as the winners only scratch the surface. (The Alex Award only has honor books; see the press release for all ten.)

John Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Randolph Caldecott Medal: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Michael L. Printz Award: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: Shane W. Evans

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Ashley Bryan

Schneider Family Book Award: close to famous by Joan Bauer, Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick, and The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Andrew Carnegie Medal: Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard for “Children Make Terrible Pets”

Margaret A. Edwards Award: Susan Cooper

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award: Michael Morpurgowill

Mildred L. Batchelder Award: Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak

Odyssey Award: Rotters by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award: Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpré  (Author) Award: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Award: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Stonewall Book Award: Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bill Wright

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

William C. Morris Award: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery

Casey is a PhD student who clearly has some reading to do.

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