ala youth media awards winners

Lots of excitement this Monday morning when the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were announced in Dallas, Texas, to honor the top books, audiobooks and videos released in 2011.

Of course, we all have our particular favorites going in, and every year there are a few surprises just to make everything more interesting and fun. You can view the official ALA Press Release that includes a full list of the winners here. Alphabet Soup congratulates all the fabulous, extremely talented authors and illustrators on being so honored, and we thank them for their lasting contributions to children’s and young adult literature!

2012 CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER:

2012 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS:

2012 NEWBERY  MEDAL WINNER:

2012 NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS:

A few other highlights:

♥ Double whammy for debut young adult author John Corey Whaley, who won both the William C. Morris Award and the coveted Michael L. Printz Award for Where Things Come Back (Atheneum, 2011).


♥ Another double whammy for Kadir Nelson, whose exquisite Heart and Soul:The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray, 2011) won the Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award.


♥ Extremely happy that Melissa Sweet won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award for Balloons Over Broadway (HMH, 2011)!! WooHoo!! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Melissa fan (see my Balloons post here). This amazing book also won the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

♥ In fact the entire Sibert list made me very, very happy, since the honor books included, among others, Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (Scholastic, 2011) and Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by local D.C. area author Rosalyn Schanzer (National Geographic Books, 2011).

Like I said, an exciting morning. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do! ☺

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