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Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

The award winner for 2012 is Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

A list of Printz award winners that you can borrow from  the library  is here.

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Caldecott Award for 2012

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The award winner for 2012 is A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka.

A list of Caldecott books that you can borrow from the libraries  is here.

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Nebula Awards

The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/ fantasy published in the United States during the previous year.  Starting in 1965 with Dune by Frank Herbert and continuing up to recent award winners, such as The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, you can read your way through the list of award winners.

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Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Ship Breaker by Paolo BacigalupiThe 2011 award winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  In Ship Breaker, near a drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast. 

“This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.

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Newbery Award 2011

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Book cover image: Moon over Manifest

The 2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.   

The town of Manifest is based on Frontenac, Kan., the home of debut author Clare Vanderpool’s maternal grandparents. Vanderpool was inspired to write about what the idea of “home” might look like to a girl who had grown up riding the rails.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey.

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Coretta Scott King Awards 2011

The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  (www.ala.org)

This years award winners: Author:  One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia. This story for children includes themes of friendship, family and identity and intertwine with broad social issues.

  One Crazy Summer

Illustrator award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier and  written by Laban Carrick Hill.  This is the story in pictures and few words about Dave, a slave in 19th century South Carolina who demonstrated extraordinary talent and skill.  At a time when it was illegal for slaves to read and write, the eloquent poetry on Dave’s pots provided inspiration and hope to those who had none.

Dave the Potter

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Coretta Scott King Awards

>Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, is the Coretta Scott King Author Book winner for 2010.

My People, illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Langston Hughes.

These two join others of this award on your library shelves.   You can look at a full list here.

The Coretta Scott King Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults. Initially, the award was established in 1969 to recognize authors and then was expanded to include a separate award for illustrators in 1979. These awards are given to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her continuing efforts in working for peace and civil rights issues.

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Michael L. Printz Award

>Going Bovine by Libba Bray received the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
If this book is not already in your public library, it will be soon.

For a complete list of Printz Award winners check here.

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Newbery Award

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The Newbery Award for 2010 winner is When Your Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

If it is not already of the shelf in your library, it soon will be.  For a full list of Newbery Award winners check here.

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