Monday, January 28, 2013

Congratulations, A.L.A. Youth Media Award Winners!

 My students were watching with me today!  We did a big Mock Caldecott Club unit, so this is how they reacted to that announcement:

What an exciting day it was today as we watched the winners announced on the live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards, archived here: !!  I woke up excited, and I could just imagine the authors and illustrators of 2012's wonderful books anticipating phone calls.  I'm very happy with the winners!  I was sad that Wonder by R.J. Palacio was completely passed over this year, though.  However, I know that her book will continue to be loved, read, and talked about in years to come.  Here are a few of my favorite categories:

(The Schneider Family Book Awards honors an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.)
Middle School Title

A Dog Called Homeless
This is what I thought Wonder could have won if it didn't win the Newbery.  I haven't read this winning title, but it looks very sweet!
( The Robert F. Sibert Medal is for the most distinguished informational book for children.)

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Wow - this book won quite a few awards!
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

I had several students read this for a Titanic project, and they loved it.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon


We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

I've got small groups reading this book right now.  It's excellent.
(The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.)
The Fault in Our Stars
This one makes me laugh because I read this aloud on our annual girls' summer trip in the car!  It was so hard to read aloud - we were all crying!  I should have won this.  Ha.
Ghost Knight
I listened to this and thought the narrator was fantastic, so I'm happy it won an honor award for the Odyssey.
( The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.)
I'm so happy she won.  Bridge to Terabithia is one of my favorite children's books of all time.
(The William C. Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.)
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
I haven't read this one yet, but I thought the cover was so beautiful, and I heard so many good things about it, I had to buy it!  It's been sitting on my shelf ready to be read.
(The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.)
Up, Tall and High
I haven't read this one, but I did read two of the honor books:
Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
I loved this one!
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Kids LOVE Pete the Cat books!
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover
I haven't read this one, but now I will!  CeCe Bell is Tom Angleberger's wife!

(The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honors African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.)
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
I just bought this one for my  Civil Rights Movement unit!!
I, Too, Am America
I haven't read this one, yet, but I love Bryan Collier's work, so I'm very glad he won.


No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

Each Kindness

This book made a big impact on my students.

I Have a Dream (Book & CD)

I just read this aloud to my classes to introduce our Civil Rights Movement unit.

(The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2013 Alex Awards.)

Girlchild: A Novel

Some friends of mine read this book and recommended.  It's been on my TBR list for awhile.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

One of my teacher friends JUST told me about this book, and I bought it over the weekend!

The Round House

Wow - it's also this year's National Book Award Winner!  It's sitting on my coffee table.


( The Michael L. Printz Award is for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.)

In Darkness

This title was completely under my radar.  It's the first time I've heard of it.  It's on my TBR list now!

One of FIVE Honor Books:

Code Name Verity

I LOVED this book and really thought it might win.  I'm happy it was named as an honor book, though.


(The Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished picture book.)
NPR did a story on the Morning Edition about the Caldecott turning 75,  the oldest of the medals given today.

This is Not My Hat

I'm SO happy this won today!  It was my number one pick.  I had lots of students pick it, too, for their favorite.

Creepy Carrots!

Such a funny book. 
Extra Yarn
Wow!  Jon Klassen had TWO winners this year!

Green One Cool Friend

A lot of my students loved both of these!

Sleep Like a Tiger

This one got away from me - I hadn't heard of it.  I will put it on my TBR pile!


(The 2013 Newbery Medal goes to the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.)

The One and Only Ivan

YAY, Ivan!!  Students, teachers, parents, and librarians were cheering all over the country for you! 


Splendors and Glooms

I'm listening to this story right now, and it's excellent!

Three Times Lucky

I had a small group read this book during a mystery unit, and they loved it!  I enjoyed it, too.

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Here it is again!  I think it won three awards.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!  Now let's see what this year will bring! Are you excited about any 2013 books already?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVED watching their excitement. Contagious! Thanks for sharing.