The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, videos and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, Schneider Family and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver yesterday.
Newbery Medal – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Newbery Honor Books:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Caldecott Medal – Beth Krommes, illustrator of The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Caldecott Honor Books:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
Printz Award – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Printz Honor Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Coretta Scott King Author Award – We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award – The Blacker the Berry illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas
Read the rest of the list here.
Stephen’s Lighthouse featured an article from globeandmail.com describing recent research that shows people who read fiction have better social skills.
At the Blue Skunk Blog, Doug Johnson explored the issue further with his post about building the capacity for empathy.
The AASL blog reports back on the Library of Congress Primary Sources workshop that was held a couple of weeks ago at NECC. The post includes links to handouts and other great resources.
The YALSA blog invites us to complete the free registration for Teen Read Week 2009 to get incentives and win prizes.
YALSA also provides a link to mp3s of the speeches given by Geraldine McCaughrean and other Printz award winners at ALA’s annual conference in June.