Here at the library, we’re always excited to find out which books won the prestigious Caldecott and Newbery medals. We may sometimes disagree with the award committees’ selections, but lively debate about books is always welcome at the library. In addition to the Caldecott and Newbery, there are quite a few other awards given for children and teen materials. For a complete list, visit this page on the American Library Association website: 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards. These awards are administered by divisions of the American Library Association, and announced at the ALA midwinter conference held in January.
A Ball for Daisy – a beautiful wordless picture book by Chris Raschka won the Caldecott medal for the most distinguished American picture book. There were three honor books named too: Blackout illustrated and written by John Rocco, Grandpa Green illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and Me…Jane illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell. Interestingly, all of the Caldecott selections this year were written AND illustrated by one artist – this definitely isn’t always the case.
Find it in our catalog: A Ball For Daisy
Find it in our catalog: Blackout
Find it in our catalog: Grandpa Green
Find it in our catalog: Me…Jane
The Newbery medal was given to Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos – which is shelved in the young adult section of the Naperville Public Library. Two honor books were also named: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (which also won a National Book Award) and Breaking Stalin’s Nose written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.
Interested in finding a past winner? We have many award lists posted on our website: Children’s Book Awards