must reads 2009

The ALA awards were announced this morning. There are lists floating about, not that I can actually find the listing on the ALA site. (Note: Finally found it.)

I must confess to actually being pleased with the choice for the Newbery this year. And I think this is the first year I've actually read the winning book prior to it winning.

Here is the list:

Newbery Medal
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Newbery Honor Books
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Caldecott Medal
The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes

Caldecott Honor Books
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams illustrated by Melissa Sweet

2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer
Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Batchelder Award
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

Batchelder Honor Books
Garmann's Summer by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Belpré Author Award
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle

Belpré Author Honor Books
Just in Case by Yuyi Morales
Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez
The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez

Belpré Illustrator Award
Just in Case by Yuyi Morales

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books
Papa and Me illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos illustrated by Lulu Delacre
What Can You Do with a Rebozo illustrated by Amy Cordova

Carnegie Medal
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly, Weston Woods Studios, producers of March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

Geisel Award
Are You Ready to Play Outside? written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Geisel Honor Books
Chicken Said, "Cluck!" written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell
One Boy written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Stinky written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

Odyssey Award
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian narrated by Sherman Alexie

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Elijah of Buxton narrated by Mirron Willis
I'm Dirty narrated by Steve Buscemi
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy
Nation narrated by Stephen Briggs

Sibert Medal
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Sibert Honor Books
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of the Past by James M. Deem
What to Do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley

Wilder Medal
Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of numerous books, including Dancing Granny, Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, and Beautiful Blackbird.


Th. said...


Congratulations, Neil!

Now I can't put off reading it anymore.

Suey said...

Cool! Me too. About reading the Newbery winner before it was awarded I mean.

Th. said...