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The 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards

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The Winning Books Have Been Announced!
It was such fun to be in Dallas on Monday morning when the American Library Association (ALA) announced their winners of some of the biggest book awards of the year. The announcements were made beginning at 7:45AM, and many of the folks I saw on the line waiting to get into the ceremony were fortified with caffeinated beverages.

The excitement for this event had been building for weeks. Bloggers were predicting winners, and as I stopped by booths during the show, everyone was asking "What have you heard?" as if anyone had been able to crack the list of winning names. As always, you could tell where the folks from each publisher were seated by where the war yelps came when winners were announced. I was sitting in the back this year as I was dashing to make my flight home right after the ceremony, so I got to see various parts of the room explode with excitement as the day went on!


Many of these titles you will recognize if you are a regular reader of Teenreads.com. It made me really happy to see that we had shared so many of these selections with you!

Read on for all the awards news.

Now that the ALA has chosen their winning titles of the year, we want to hear about YOUR top YA choices of 2011! In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2011. All you have to do is fill out the form found on this page between now and February 15th. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May. Vote today --- and please share this link with your friends and ask them to vote too. This is a chance for YOU to pick the winners!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

The John Newbery Medal
The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

-The winner of the John Newbery Medal is DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos.

-Two Newbery Honor Books were named: BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the honor books.
The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
The Michael L. Printz Award, established in 1999, honors excellence in literature written for young adults. The award-winning book may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or an anthology, and can be a work of joint authorship or editorship. Nominated books may have been previously published in another country, but must have been in the U.S. during the preceding year. The books must be designated by their publishers as either a young adult book or one published for ages 12 through 18. The award is named in honor of the late Michael L. Printz, longtime YALSA member and Topeka, Kansas, school librarian, known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

-The winner of the Michael L. Printz Award is WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley.

-Four Printz Honor Books were named: JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey, THE RETURNING by Christine Hinwood, THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater, and WHY WE BROKE UP written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and the honor books.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the longtime President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

-The winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

-Four Robert F. Sibert Honor Books were named: BLACK & WHITE: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor by Larry Dane Brimner; DRAWING FROM MEMORY written and illustrated by Allen Say; THE ELEPHANT SCIENTIST written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell; and WITCHES!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and the honor books.
The Coretta Scott King Awards
Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award is HEART AND SOUL: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

-Two Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books were named: THE GREAT MIGRATION: Journey to the North written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; and NEVER FORGOTTEN written by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is UNDERGROUND: Finding the Light to Freedom written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

-One Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book was named: HEART AND SOUL: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards and the honor books.
The Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of distinguished and beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. The award is presented annually and in even years (i.e. 2012, 2014, 2016…) to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

In alternate years (i.e. 2011, 2013, 2015…), the award honors a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities/programs.

Ashley Bryan is this year's winner. Storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, Bryan created his first children’s book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx, and in 1962 became the first African American to both write and illustrate a children’s book. After a successful teaching career, Bryan left academia to pursue creation of his own artwork. He has since garnered numerous awards for his significant and lasting literary contribution of poetry, spirituals and story.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The award is sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book FAIR GARDEN AND THE SWARM OF BEASTS, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

-The winners are:
BIG GIRL SMALL by Rachel DeWoskin, IN ZANESVILLE by Jo Ann Beard, THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan, THE NEW KIDS: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser, THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern, READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline, ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson, SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward, THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston, and THE TALK-FUNNY GIRL by Roland Merullo.

Click here to read more about the winners of the Alex Awards.
The Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for The Dark Is Rising Sequence: OVER SEA, UNDER STONE; THE DARK IS RISING; GREENWITCH; THE GREY KING; and SILVER ON THE TREE. In one of the most influential epic high fantasies in literature, Cooper evokes Celtic and Arthurian mythology and masterly world-building in a high-stakes battle between good and evil, embodied in the coming of age journey of Will Stanton.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award.
The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award
The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.

-The winner of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award is PUTTING MAKEUP ON THE FAT BOY by Bil Wright.

-Four Stonewall Honor Books were named: a + e 4ever drawn and written by Ilike Merey, MONEY BOY by Paul Yee, PINK by Lili Wilkinson, and WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by Brian Farrey.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award and the honor books.
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, established in 2010, honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1st – October 31st publishing year.

-The winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults is THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin.

-Four other books were finalists for the award: BOOTLEG: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal, MUSIC WAS IT: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin, SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, and WHEELS OF CHANGE: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy.

Click here to read more about the winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers. The work cited illuminates the teen experience and enriches the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by compelling, high-quality writing and/or illustration, the integrity of the work as a whole, and its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

-The winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award is WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley.

-Four other books were finalists for the award: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson, PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard, and UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Click here to read more about the winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
The Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Family Book Award is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book.

-The winners of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award are CLOSE TO FAMOUS by Joan Bauer and WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick.

-The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Please note: There was no Children's Book Award winner this year.

 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

-The winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is SOLDIER BEAR written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hepman, translated by Laura Watkinson.

-One Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honor Book was named: THE LILY POND written by Annika Thor, translated by Linda Schenck.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the honor books.
The Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

-The winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award is UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

-Two Pura Belpré Author Honor Books were named: HURRICANE DANCERS: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle and MAXIMILIAN & THE MYSTERY OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza.

-The winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award is DIEGO RIVERA: His World and Ours written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

-Two Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named: THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED written by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López; and MARISOL MCDONALD DOESN’T MATCH/MARISOL MCDONALD NO COMBINA written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios.

 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Pura Belpré Award and the honor books.
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is presented to the producer of the best audiobook produced for youth available in English in the United States. The first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production was given in January 2008. Honor titles may also be selected. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

-The winner of the Odyssey Award is ROTTERS written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

-Four Odyssey Honor Books were named: GHETTO COWBOY written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson; OKAY FOR NOW written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe; THE SCORPIO RACES written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham; and YOUNG FREDLE written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Odyssey Award and the honor books.
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