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Caldecott and Newbery Winners for 2011

Well, I was only a tiny bit surprised by the biggest award out there this year...  The Newbery Winner came out in October 2010 and I have vague memories of shelving it, but I don't remember reading the flap and thinking, "I need to check this one out!"  However, I do plan to read it as soon as my CYBILS work is over.  I love historical fiction.  There are always a slew of other intersting awards announced each year and this year, noting some of my favorites among the winners and honorees, I decided to include them in this post.  This is not a complete list of all the awards given by the ALA and YALSA, the Young Adult Librarian Services organization that also gives out awards, but you can click on either one for links to all the listings and you can click on the links to the awards themselves for more information.  Although I have only just begun my experience as a judge on a panel for a book award, I have a new appreciation and gratitude for what these librarians do every year!  I may not always agree with their picks, but I definitely get how hard it is to make that one choice...  

Newbery Award

Moon Over Manifest


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Read my review here

Dark Emperor & other Poems of the Night 
written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen

Turtle in Paradise written by Jennifer Holm

The Heart of a Samurai:  
Based on the True Story of Nakhama Manjiro 
by Margi Preuss
Read my review here.


A Sick Day for Amos McGhee
written by Philip C Stead and illustrated by Erin E Stead


Dave the Potter, Artist, Poet, Slave 
written by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier

You can read a review that was in the NYTimes book review last year.

Interrupting Chicken byDavid Ezra Stein
Read my review here 

This award is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
Bink and Gollie
written by Kate Di Camillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile
Read my review here


Ling and Ting:  Not Exactly the Same 
by Grace Lin 
read my review here
(Lin won the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon in 2010!)

We Are in a Book
written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Read my review here

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Read my review here

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers 

Yummy:  The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri


Dave the Potter, Artist, Poet, Slave 
written by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier


Zora & Me by TR Simon and Victoria Bond
Read my review here 

Honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience with an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís

Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez

This award honors an author as well as a specific body or his/her work that has proven popular over a period of time.  It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society and the world.

Don't forget Sir Pratchett's awesome trilogy for younger readers, THE BROMELIAD TRILOGY, review at

Honors a book that exemplifies literary excellence in Young Adult Literature.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Read my review here


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken


 The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex, read by Bahni Turpin
(click title for book review @


Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman: CD Audiobook Cover
Alchemy and Meggie Swan 
by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

Knife of Never Letting Go 
by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Pohdel

will grayson, will grayson 
by David Levithan and John Green, read by Nick Pohdel

by Jennifer Donnelly, read by Emma Bering

Mildred L Batchelder
Award for Outstanding Children's Books originally published in a Language other than English.


A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet


Departure Time by Truus Matti: Book Cover

Departure Time by Truus Matti, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier

Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken


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