ala youth media awards winners!

It’s a big day for children’s literature!

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were just announced several hours ago at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Each year, these awards recognize the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults published in the United States.

We send our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and honorees in all categories, and thank all the various committee members for their hard work in making these selections.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature is THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins, 2012)!

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Newbery Honor Books: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press, 2012); Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, 2012); and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012).

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Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children is THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, 2012)!

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Caldecott Honor Books: Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012); Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2012); Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter Books/ Roaring Brook Press, 2012); One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012); Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012).

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Special Congratulations to Virginia author Cece Bell for winning a Geisel Honor for her beginning reader, RABBIT & ROBOT: The Sleepover (Candlewick Press, 2012)!!! We love you, Cece!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Click here to see the full list of winners!!

Wow, that’s a lot of exclamation points for one day. Now I need more tea, cookies and a nap.

Have a good week, everyone! 🙂


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6 thoughts on “ala youth media awards winners!

  1. It’s great to see the round up of winners here, Jama. It’s always a hit-or-miss for me with Jon Klassen, although I did enjoy This is Not my Hat. I actually know someone who’s part of the Caldecott committee for this year – she was pretty hyped up about this, the wonderful Nancy Johnson (she was also part of the Newbery committee years ago). She’s my co-programme director for the AFCC – would definitely pick her brain about this year’s winner. 🙂


    1. Lucky you! I haven’t read either of those books yet and am especially curious to read BOMB, which also won two other awards yesterday for best nonfiction.


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