2013 Caldecott, Newbery, Other Youth Media Award Winners Named

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On Monday, January 28, at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the American Library Association (ALA) announced a wide range of award-winning books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults, including the recipients of the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards.

Among the 2013 award winners and honor books were: 

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

  • The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children’s Books)   

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named:

  • Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press)
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press)
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

  • This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)

Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Balzer + Bray)
  • Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press)
  • One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

  • Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney/Jump at the Sun Books)

 Two King Author Honor Books were selected:

  • Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing)

 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

  • I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 

Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:

  • H. O. R. S. E., illustrated and written by Christopher Myers (Egmont USA)
  • Ellen’s Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House Children’s Books) 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

  • In Darkness, written by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers) 

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)
  • Dodger, by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • The White Bicycle, by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press)

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

  • Back to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers), for children from birth to 10
  • A Dog Called Homeless, written by Sarah Lean (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers), for middle-school readers (ages 11-13)
  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), for teens (ages 13-18)

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • Caring Is Creepy, by David Zimmerman (Soho Press)
  • Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross (Richard Ross)
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf (Abrams ComicArts)
  • One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard (Hyperion)
  • Pure, by Julianna Baggott (Grand Central Publishing)
  • The Round House, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt (Dial Press)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple( Little, Brown and Company)

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

  • Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

One Belpré Author Honor Book was named:

  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic Press)

The complete list of Youth Media Award winners and honor books announced at the Midwinter Meeting is available on the ALA website