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Monday, January 27, 2014

Winners announced!

Hello everyone - did you tune into the ALA awards this morning? What did you think? Any surprises or favorites bring home the big prize?

Here's a recap of a few of the awards:

John Newbery Medal
Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure by Kate DiCamillo
Honors: Doll Bones by Holly Black
              The Paperboy by Vince Vawter
              One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
              The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Randolph Caldecott Medal
Winner: Locomotive written & illustrated by Brian Floca
 Honors: Journey written & illustrated by Aaron Becker
              Flora and the Flamingo written & illustrated by Molly Idle
              Mr. Wuffles written & illustrated by David Wiesner

Michael L. Printz Award
Winner: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Honors: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
              Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
              Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
              Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico written & illustrated by Susan L. Roth, written by Cindy Trumbore
Honors: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jane Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
             Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard written & illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
             Locomotive written & illustrated by Brian Floca
             The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
Winner: The Watermelon Seed written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Honors: Ball written & illustrated by Mary Sullivan
              A Big Guy Took My Ball written & illustrated by Mo Willems
              Penny and Her Marble written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes

For a complete list of the awards and winners, including the Coretta Scott King awards, the Pura Belpre, the Schneider Family Book award, and more go to: 

My thoughts: Wonderful books! I just brought The Watermelon Seed to our SCBWI meeting in December, so I was excited to see it win an award. I noticed all four Caldecott winners were written by author/illustrators this year - I keep telling all you writer/illustrators that you have an advantage!

I just finished Flora & Ulysses last week and found it so charming; it seems like a perfect fit for a win since Kate DiCamillo was just named the new National Ambassador for Children's Literature. I had the honor of meeting the lovely Clare Vanderpool at the SCBWI conference in L.A. I was glad to see her book Navigating Early get recognized - what a writer! Her first book wins the Newbery and her second gets a Printz honor.

The only one I was sad not to see on the list was Kathi Appelt's The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. I'm such a fan of that book. Have y'all noticed how different the National Book Award titles and Newbery titles seem to be each year? I think it is great, because it offers a wide selection of great books for recognition, but curious nonetheless. What do you think about the awards?



  1. Hi McCourt! Welcome to the blogosphere! Looking forward to your recommendations and monthly selections. Are you on Facebook yet, to share your updates?
    Till soon,
    Daniela Weil

    1. Hi Daniela,

      Thank you for stopping by! No Facebook for me yet - one new project at a time :) I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.

      Take care, McCourt