2015 Children’s Book Awards Announced

Lovers of children’s literature, the wait is over. Yesterday the American Library Association announced the 2015 prize winners for the top books, audiobooks, and videos for children and young adults. They include the following:

John Newbery Medal
for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Two Newbery Honor Books:

El Deafo by Cece Bell, published by Amulet Books.

Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

for the most distinguished illustrations in an American picture book for children:Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was  published by Little, Brown.

Six Caldecott Honor Books named:

1. Nana in the City, illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo, published by Clarion Books.

2. The Noisy Paint Box: The  Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPre, written by Barb Rosenstock and published by Alfred A. Knopf.

3. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Candlewick Press.

4. Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales, published by Roaring Brook Press.

5. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant, published by Eerdmans Books. (As you know, I second that emotion!)

6. This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki, published by First Second.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming, has won the King Author Award. The book is published by Nancy Paulsen Books.  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Awards to go …

1. Kwame Alexander for The Crossover, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

2. Marilyn Nelson for How I Discovered Poetry, illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Dial Books.

3. Kekla Magoon for How It Went Down, published by Henry Holt.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Firebird, illustrated by Christopher Myers, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Misty Copeland and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:

Christian Robinson for Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, by Patricia Hruby Powell, published by Chronicle Books.

Frank Morrison for Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, by Katheryn Russell-Brown, published by Lee and Low Books.

Pura Belpre Award

honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray the Latino cultural experience:
The Pura Belpre Illustrator Award goes to Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales, published by Roaring Brook Press.

The Pura Belpre Author Award goes to

I Lived on Butterfly Hill, written by Marjorie Agosin, illustrated by Lee White and published by Atheneum Books.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
for most distinguished informational book for children:

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Eerdmans Books.

Five Sibert Honor Books were named:

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming, and published by Schwartz & Wade Books.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by Chronicle Books.

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, written and illustrated by Katherine Roy, and published by David Macaulay Studio.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books.

Perhaps you, too, will add some of these beauties to your pile(s) of must-read books. You can read the ALA’s press release at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-library-association-announces-2015-youth-media-award-winners-300028995.html

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