Every January brings a second birthday to a chosen few children's authors – with perhaps the best presents ever. That's when ALA announces the Oscars of our profession. Monday was that day.
The Newbery and Caldicott awards top the list - literally and status-ly. Finding a nonfiction
book in these lists is rare indeed, but this year we snagged a…
• Caldicott honor for Patrick O’Donnell’s Me…Jane, a picture book biography of Jane Goodall.
See my review here.
We scored big time in the Coretta Scott King awards.
• Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans won the gold medal for text and a silver for illustration.
If you include poetry in our camp, we won two silvers:
• Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchirst for The Great Migration: Journey to the North
• Patricia McKissack and Leo and Diane Dillon for Never Forgotten. This is an original folktale told in verse and I’m going to claim it for nonfiction, just because I want to!
In our own category – the Robert F. Sibert International Book Awards – we findwondrous variety. The gold medal went to a picture book,
• Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by author/illustrator Melissa Sweet.
The silver honor awards went to…..
• Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, by Larry Dane Brimner, a middle grade photo-illustrated book;
• Drawing from Memory by Allen Say, a middle grade illustrated autobiography;
• The Elephant Scientist, a Scientist in the Field series book, with text and photos by Caitlin O’Connell, along with co-author Donna M. Jackson and co-photographer Timothy Rodwell;
• Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, a middle grade illustrated book by our own inimitable Rosalyn Schanzer.
…. for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults - and the Gretchen Woelfle awards for the most engaging subtitles:
• The 2012 Excellence winner is Steve Sheinkin, erstwhile INK blogger, for The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery.
• INK’s Sue Macy with Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Ties Along the Way.)
• Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos for Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science
• Karen Blumenthal and Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition.
• Susan Goldman Rubin and Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein.
14 books, 15 medals - 3 gold; 12 silver (2 for Nelson’s book)
2 illustrated picture books
5 middle grade illustrated books
6 books with photos
1 unillustrated book
1 folk tale
5 biographies (including one biography/science book)
7 history books
Congratulations to all the winners – and to their editors, book designers, and illustrators!