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And the winners are…

So, I’m standing at the Booklist booth at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, eavesdropping as our youth books editors discuss the awards that have just been announced. I want to link to all the award winners, but the press releases aren’t all up on the ALA site yet. That’s how fresh this news is.

But the biggest winners are:

Newbery Medal

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! written by Laura Amy Schlitz & illustrated by Robert Byrd (Candlewick)

Caldecott Medal

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

Printz Award

The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean (HarperTempest)

Coretta Scott King Award

Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic)

Odyssey Award (NEW AWARD!)

Jazz (Live Oak)

I’ll be posting more and updating as more links become available. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on the winners–and the non-winners, too (whether you’re standing next to me or not!).

Update: I managed to get these lists updated in Booklist Online before I left Philadelphia yesterday, although I didn’t have time to mention it here. Consider it mentioned. The links below are public; BOL users can access the full reviews of the award-winning titles and also limit Advanced Searches by any combination of awards. (So take your free trial of Booklist Online today!)

Newbery Medal

Newbery Honor

Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Honor

Printz Award

Printz Honor

Sibert Medal

Sibert Honor

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Honor

Update to the Update: Here’s another one.

Alex Awards



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

6 Comments on "And the winners are…"

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  1.' Ilene Cooper says:

    Several surprise announcements this morning. Newbery buzz seemed to be for Elijah of Buxton and Wednesday Wars, which perhaps split the vote, allowing the terrific Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! to come out on top. Schlitz is the second librarian in a row to win the Newbery. Trend?

    There were many great YA books this year. White Darkness certainly fits the requirement for literary excellence. It’s a haunting story that has stayed with me.

    Congratulations to Brian Selznick who tries something different every time and pushes the envelope in fascinating ways.

    Also it was great to hear the announcments of the new Odyssey award winners. The recognition of audiobooks is a welcome addition to the ceremony.

  2. Gillian Engberg says:

    I was delighted to see that three biographies written in verse were recognized in this morning’s awards. Your Own Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill (Knopf) was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Margarita Engle, the author of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (Holt), was the Pura Belpre Author Award recipient; and Frida: Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (Marshall Cavendish) was selected as a Pura Belpre Author Honor Book.

    It takes a lot of chutzpah for an author to write a biography of a major poet in his or her own original poems. Hemphill and Engle pull-off this feat beautifully, managing to honor their subjects’ work with contemporary new verse, and, Bernier-Grand is similarly successful in her original poems about Frida Kahlo that draw strong connections between the painter’s life and work. Hopefully these exceptional titles are part of a growing trend, and the attention that they’ve received will encourage more writers, and publishers, to produce exciting nonfiction stories in poetry form.

  3. Bill Ott says:

    Jazz picture books continue to proliferate at a remarkable rate. I’ve always thought that the concept of introducing the picture book set to jazz works much better when words and images are accompanied by music. Live Oak’s production of
    Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers’ Jazz is a perfect example of how music melds with pictures and text to make a completely new and exciting product. It’s a wonderful choice for the first Odyssey Award. Congratulations to Live Oak and to both Myers.

  4.' Jennifer Mattson says:

    In a reviewer’s life, there are countless moments when one must look back and consider, in the face of opposing opinions, whether an earlier evaluation still holds. In my (unstarred) review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I noted that “bookmaking this ambitious demands and deserves recognition” – and so it has! I commend the Caldecott committee for making their own ambitious choice (of a book that’s certainly not a picture book in the form most will expect), but I still stand by my earlier opinion that Selznick’s story and characters here feel like vehicles to his overall artistic and intellectual vision. As incredible as I found Selznick’s ability to recreate the experience of watching a silent film, I also found the narrative a bit flat, and too full of film-history references that distracted from the boy’s personal journey. Moreover, the latter seemed too directed by the intervention of concerned grown-ups (such as the older film buff who helps unmask the toymaker’s true identity).

    It will certainly be fascinating to see what children make of this…

  5. Keir says:

    Am I right that all of the Newbery Honor books are historical fiction? (And I guess you could say that the Newbery Medal book is historical nonfiction.) TRENDSPOTTING!

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