Book Award Winners
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Here are some selections for 2014 Children’s Books…
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The Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually since 1938 by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The winner for 2015 is The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. Visit the site for honorable mentions, past winners and more!
The Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award now offers 4 age appropriate categories of award-winning books each year: Elementary (Grades 2-4), Intermediate (Grades 4-6), Teen (Grades 7-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). To the left is the 2014 Intermediate winner, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
The Coretta Scott King Award goes to “authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the ‘American Dream.'” Separate awards go to authors and illustrators; there are Award winners and Honor books. The 2014 winner was P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia.
The Newbery Medal has been awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” since 1922. The award is in honor of the eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The books chosen are chapter books for upper elementary through middle school readers. The winner for 2015 is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.
The Pura Belpré Award established in 1996, goes 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 was first given every two years, so there are no entries for 2007 or 2005, for example. In 2009, it became an annual award. Like the Coretta Scott King Award, there are awards for both authors and illustrators. The 2014 Best Illustrator winner was for Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales.
The Green Earth Book Award, the nation’s only environmental stewardship book award given to authors and illustrators in these categories: Picture books, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Nonfiction. The award has been given since 2005. The 2014 winner for best picture book is shown to the left, The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story written and illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is given annually “to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.” There is an award winner and honor books. The 2014 winner is Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore.
The Scott O’Dell Award was established in 1982 by the noted writer of historical fiction, who hoped to increase interest in the genre. It is awarded annually to “a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. To be eligible, “a book must have been published as a book intended for children or young people, set in the New World, published in the United States, and written in English by a citizen of the United States.” The 2015 winner was Dash by Kirby Larson.