The Awards Are In!

Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) hands out all kinds of awards for Children’s and Young Adult books that were published over the last year.  Of those awards, the most famous are the Newbery and Caldecott, but there are lots of other awards that are definitely worth looking at!  Below you’ll find all the 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards that pertain to children up through middle school, as Young Adult books have their own awards (the most famous is the Printz; you can find more information about the other Young Adult award winners on the Printz Award page.)  We will also link you to the catalog for each award and honor winner – we may not have all the award and/or honor books in our catalog right now, but rest assured we are ordering them and should have them soon.


2012 Caldecott Winner:

A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka


2012 Caldecott Honor Books:

Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco


Grandpa Green, written and illustrated by Lane Smith


Me…Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell


2012 Newbery Winner:

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos


2012 Newbery Honor Books:

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 


2012 Coretta Scott King Author Winner:

Heart and Soul:  The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson


2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honors:

The Great Migration:   Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield

Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack


2012 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner:

Underground, written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

2012 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor:

Heart and Soul:  The Story of America and African Americans, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson


2012 Schneider Family Book Awards (books embodying the artistic expression of a disability)

The Middle School Age Award Winning Books:

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Winner (books translated from another language to English and published in the US):

Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak


2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor:

The Lily Pond by Annika Thor


2012 Pura Belpre Author Winner:

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

2012  Pura Belpre Author Honors:

Hurricane Dancers:  The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle


Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel:  A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza


2012 Pura Belpre Illustrator Winner:

Diego Rivera:  His World and Ours, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
2012 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honors:

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios

The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred, written by Sara R. Vamos and illustrated by Rafael Lopez


2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Winner:

Balloons Over Broadway:  The Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet


2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honors:

Black & White:  The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor by Larry Dane Brimnerand

Drawing From Memory by Allen Say

The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzerand


2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel Winner (award for beginning reader books):

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider


2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honors:

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

See Me Run by Paul Meisel

A huge congratulations to all the winners!




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