The coffee was made, breakfast started, everyone was up and awake (two entirely different states of being by the way..)

The computer was powered up.

At attention.

Because this morning wasn’t our everyday morning. This morning at 7:48am, the 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced live online at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

After much review of potential Caldecott and Corretta Scott King books and potential Newbery books, for the Printz, the Schneider, the Geisel, William C. Morris, and the list goes on….. For librarians, educators, and the highly praised authors and illustrators of 2011, this morning like Christmas morning. But better.

Without much further ado…

The Best of the Best of 2012 include:

Newbery Award Winner

“For the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature”

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Newbery Honor Books

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Velchin

Caldecott Award Winner

For the most distinguished American picture book for children”

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Caldecott Honor Books

Blackout by John Rocco

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Corretta Scott King (Author) Award Winner

“Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults”

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

Honor Books

The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrations by Leo & Diane Dillon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner

Underground by Shane W. Evans

Honor Book

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

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

“For excellence in literature written for young adults”

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

(Where Things Come Back also claimed the 2012 William C. Morris Award)

Printz Honor Books

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The entire list of award winners can be found here.

How do you feel about the results?

I’m happy  Dead End in Norvelt won the Newbery, but am quite heart-broken Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt didn’t even take home an honor…

image sources: dead end in norvelt, inside out, stalin’s nose, ball for daisy, blackout, grandpa green, me..jane, heart and soul, great migration, never forgotten, underground, where things come back, why we broke up, the returning, jasper jones, scorpio races


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