2011 Award-Winning Children's Books

Here are the 2011 winners of the American Library Association's children's book awards:

Newbery Medal

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The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Moon Over Manifest
2011 Winner

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool 

2011 Honors

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

 


Caldecott Medal

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The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
2011 Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead 

2011 Honors

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

 

 


 Coretta Scott King Award

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Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

One Crazy Summer
2011 Author Award Winner

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 

2011 Author Award Honor

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

 
 

 

Dave the Potter
2011 Illustrator Award Winner


Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

2011 Illustrator Award Honor

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio
 
 


Pura Belpré Award

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The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

The Dreamer
2011 Author Award Winner


The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

2011 Author Award Honors
 
¡Ole! Flamenco by George Ancona
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

   

 

Me, Frida
2011 Illustrator Award Winner

Grandma's Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez 

2011 Illustrator Award Honor
 
Fiesta Babies, illustrated Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla
Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh 

 

 


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Bink and Gollie
2011 Winner

Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

2011 Honors

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, written and illustrated by Grace Lin
We Are in a Book!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems

 

 


 


Robert F. Sibert Medal

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The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) administers the award.

Kakapo Rescue
2011 Winner

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Nic Bisho

2011 Honors

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca
Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman

 


Schneider Family Book Awards

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The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.

The Pirate of Kindergarten
2011 Winner: Elementary school age


The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril

2011 Winner: Middle school age

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick