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Awards Season Is Here!

Awards season isn’t just Hollywood’s gig…

Every midwinter, librarians from across the US get together at an American Library Association conference, and one of the most exciting moments is the announcements of the big books awards. These are the ones that you see plastered on books in the form of silver and gold medallions, the Oscars of the kids lit and YA book world.

And, from the ALA website, the winners are…

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

2013 winner: Katherine Paterson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

mister orangeis 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 foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
2014 winner:  Mister Orange. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as “Mister Orange,” the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books
watermelon seedTheodor Seuss Geisel Award

is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.
2014 winner:  The Watermelon Seed,  written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Disney Hyperion Books
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.
2014 winner: Niño Wrestles the World, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press
scowlerOdyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
2014 winner: Scowler,  produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
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.
2013 winner: Tamora Pierce
recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
2014 winner:  P.S. Be Eleven, written by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

And now, the big guns…

Randolph Caldecott Medal

locomotiveis awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2014 winner: Locomotive, illustrated and written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
John Newbery Medal

flora & ulyssesis awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
2014 winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press
(There’s a review coming on this one shortly!)
is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
2014 winner: In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers

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