This week saw The American Library Association (ALA) announce the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
John Newbery Medal
“Dead End in Norvelt,” written by Jack Gantos, is the 2012 Newbery Medal winner, for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. The book is published by Farrar Straus Giroux.
Randolph Caldecott Medal
“A Ball for Daisy,” illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, is the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner, for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Michael L. Printz Award
“Where Things Come Back,” written by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz Award winner, for excellence in literature written for young adults. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Of special note to Australians is “Jasper Jones,” written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc, is an honour book in this category.
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“Big Girl Small,” by Rachel DeWoskin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
“In Zanesville,” by Jo Ann Beard, published by Little, Brown & Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“The Lover’s Dictionary,” by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
“The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens,” by Brooke Hauser, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.(ISBN: 9780307887436)
“Robopocalypse: A Novel,” by Daniel H. Wilson, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward, published by Bloomsbury USA
“The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures,” by Caroline Preston, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“The Talk-Funny Girl,” by Roland Merullo, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Also a special mention must be given to Lili Wilkinson for her book Pink being listed as an honour book for the Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
The complete list of winners and honour books can be found here.
A big congratulations to all winners and nominees.