Children's Book Awards
ALA Children's Literature Award-Winners 2012
The American Library Association top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults 2012 award winners. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work:
✸ John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
✸ Newbery Honor Books:
✸ Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
✸ Caldecott Honor Books
✸ Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
✸ Printz Honor Books:
✸ Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
✸ King Author Honor Books:
✸ Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
✸ King Illustrator Honor Book:
Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, published by Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
✸ Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: The award, which pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Ashley Bryan, the storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, who created his first children’s book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx and in 1962, he became the first African American to both write and illustrate a children’s book. After a successful teaching career, Bryan left academia to pursue creation of his own artwork. He has since garnered numerous awards for his significant and lasting literary contribution of poetry, spirituals and story.
✸ Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
✸ No award in the category for children ages 0 – 8 because no submissions were deemed worthy of the award.
✸ Middle School Award (ages 9 – 13):
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (Viking, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
✸ Teen Award (ages 14-18):
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
More ALA Children's Book Awards ✏ here.