American Library Association: 2012 Children’s Book Awards

January 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Comments Off on American Library Association: 2012 Children’s Book Awards
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This week the news outlets were all abuzz with Oscar nomination announcements.  However, this is also a big week in the world of children’s book awards as the American Library Association announced its picks for 2012 at their Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.   Here are some of the top awards:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: “Dead End in Norvelt,” written by Jack Gantos.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “A Ball for Daisy,” illustrated and written by Chris Raschka.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.”

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom,” is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States: “Soldier Bear,” written by Bibi Dumen Tak and translated by Laura Watkinson. “Soldier Bear,” was originally published in Dutch in 2008.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award: “Under the Mesquite,” written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” written by Melissa Sweet.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: “Tales for Very Picky Eaters,” written and illustrated by Josh Schneider.

All of these titles are new to me, so I look forward to checking some of them out.

Carisa Coburn Pineda
Family Learning Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
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Falls Church, VA 22042
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