American Library Association Announces 2012 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – on January 23, 2012, at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

A list of the 2012 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to childrens literature:

Dead End in Norvelt, written by Jack Gantos, is the 2012 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: Inside Out & Back Again, written by Thanhha Lai and published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; and Breaking Stalins Nose, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

A Ball for Daisy, illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, is the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Childrens Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Blackout, illustrated and written by John Rocco, and published by Disney · Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group; "Grandpa Green" illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; and Me … Jane, illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell, and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Where Things Come Back, written by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Why We Broke Up, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group; The Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA; Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Childrens Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; and The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Two King Author Honor Book recipients were selected: Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Childrens Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

One King Illustrator Honor Book recipient was selected: Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, published by Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Ashley Bryan is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement. The award, which pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved childrens author Virginia Hamilton.

Storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, Bryan created his first childrens book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx and in 1962, he became the first African American to both write and illustrate a childrens 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.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

The Jury chose not to award a book in the category for children ages 0 – 8 because no submissions were deemed worthy of the award.

Two books were selected for the middle school award (ages 9 – 13): close to famous, written byJoan Bauer and published by Viking, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group; and Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures, written by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

The teen (ages 14-18) award winner is The Running Dream, written by Wendelin Van Draanen and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Childrens Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Visit the American Library Association website for the entire list of awards.


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