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And the winners are….

At the end of the year all of the booksellers get together and make their lists of books that they think will be popular for the holiday season. But at the beginning of the year, the librarians get together to announce the winners of the American Library Association Book and Media Awards. This year they met in Seattle, Washington and it looked like they had a fun time.  If you would like to watch the awards yourself they will be posted to the ALA Youth Media Awards YouTube page in the very near future. Here are some of the highlights from yesterdays announcement:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to Children’s Literature, 2013 Winner:

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, 2013 Winner:

This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen


Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books

One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. 2013 Author Winner:

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (The last name might look familiar and yes he is related to Jerry Pinkney.)


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2013 Winner:

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier (on order)

Honor Books:

H. O. R. S. E. illustrated and written by Christopher Myers (on order)

Ellen’s Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyon

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you would like to see more results or to find out more about the standards of how winners are chosen from the Awards this year please take a look at  the Association of Library Service to Children website.




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