American Library Association Youth Media Awards

January 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM | Posted in Family Learning, Teaching | Leave a comment
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Thanks to the wonders of technology I was able to watch part of the live broadcast of the announcement of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards which are awarded annually at the ALA midwinter conference held in San Diego. The awards were announced on January 10, 2011 at 7:45 a.m. PST and video-streamed on ALA’s website www.ala.org/yma for online viewers to see. The most recognizable of the awards are the Caldecott and Newberry awards which I was lucky enough to catch in time. As each title was mentioned exuberant cheers could be heard from the crowd as if it were the Oscars. In an age where print often feels left in the dust of web-based technologies, this level of excitement about books is quite heartening to book lovers, particularly children’s books lovers. It was thrilling that the same technology that seemingly competes with print allowed me to feel connected to the world of children’s literature (although I would much prefer San Diego’s weather instead of the frigid cold of Northern Virginia). Here is a list of some of the award winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature “Moon over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults “Ship Breaker,” written by Paolo Bacigalupi, is the 2011 Printz Award winner.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults “One Crazy Summer,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia (this book was also Newberry Honor Book).   

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award “Zora and Me,” written by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Illustrator) Award “Seeds of Change,” illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler and written by Jen Cullerton Johnson and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. “The Dreamer,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the 2011 Belpré Author Award winner. The book is illustrated by Peter Sís.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience “Grandma’s Gift,” illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book “Bink and Gollie,” written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile .

For other awards and more details visit ALA’s website www.ala.org/yma

Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Specialist

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