Caldecott and Newbery Medal and Honor, and other Youth Media Awards for outstanding books of 2014 were announced by ALSC, the children’s division of The American Library Association. Here are some of the awards:
Newbery Medal: “The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander, is a novel-in-poetry about 14-year-old twin basketball phenoms. Jealousy, forgiveness, love and death are explored with delicacy and power.
Honors: Also in poetry, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” by Jacqueline Woodson shares how growing up black in 1960s and 1970s in the North and in the South lead her to writing. It’s magnificent.
“El Deafo,” is a graphic novel biography, written and illustrated by Cece Bell. Cece loses her hearing and adventures forth into grade school with a hearing aid that’s ungainly and difficult to control. When she can even hear teachers in their lounge, she declares it her “superpower.” Funny and touching in equal measure.
Caldecott Medal: “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” written and illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner. Imaginary characters can exist in the real world only if a child imagines them. But Beeker sets off on his own to find a child.
Honors: There are six, all wonderful in their own colorful or whimsical way:
“Nana in the City,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo. “The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art,” illustrated by Mary GrandPré. “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” illustrated by Jon Klassen. “Viva Frida,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet. “This One Summer,” illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.
Coretta Scott King Awards recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators. Further, the Awards encourage the artistic expression of the black experience…in biographical, social, and historical treatments.
For Author: “Brown Girl Dreaming” (See description earlier.)
For Illustrator: “Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance like the Firebird” illustrated by Christopher Myers.
Pura Belpré Awards honor Latino writerss and illustrator for children’s books that best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Illustrator: “Viva Frida,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Author: “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosín
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader books went to “You Are (Not) Small” by Anna Kan.
Honors: “Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page” by Cynthia Rylant; and “Waiting Is Not Easy!” by Mo Willems
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” written by Jen Bryant.
Schneider Family Book Award goes to outstanding books that depict a disability.
“A Boy and a Jaguar” written by Alan Rabinowitz wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. “Rain Rein” written by Ann M. Martin is the winner for the middle-school (ages 11-13).
For additional honor books and categories, please see:
Tina Zubak, Librarian a.k.a. Glorious Read