mrs_worldThe Cream of American Children & Teen Literary Awards

A veritable extravaganza. A huge day in the world of American Children and Teen Book Awards as a multiplicity of literary prizes are  announced during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. Librarians -  publishers, authors and guests in one big happy literary heap at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from January 15 to 19, 2010.

Proceedings reach a fever pitch on the final day as the cathartic moment of the current year award winners dawns. Publishers, whose books are on list, have champagne breakfasts, those who don't seek out a ledge. With guaranteed mega-sales to libraries in the schools and all those who value fine children and teen literature in the USA and beyond, it is the literary equivalent of  winning the Kentucky Derby/ Melbourne Cup/Grand National .

Here is a list of the 2010 ALA Award winners:

John Newbery Medal

When You Reach Me written by Rebecca Stead

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose and published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and published by Henry Holt and Company;Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers; and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick and published by The Blue Sky Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Lion & the Mouse illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney

Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named :All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and published by Beach Lane Books; and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Michael L. Printz Award

Going Bovine written by Libba Bray

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Group; Punkzilla by Adam Rapp, published by Candlewick Press; and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes, published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

One King Author Honor Book was selected: Mare’s War by Tanita s. Davis and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes

One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected:The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes and published by Disney - Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

The Rock and the River written by Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Walter Dean Myers

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group
Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr., published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, published by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch, published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group
My Abandonment by Peter Rock, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, by Gail Carriger, published by Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small, published by W.W. Norton & Company
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson, published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
Lois Lowry will deliver the 2011 lecture. The internationally acclaimed author’s career spans more than 30 years. She is a two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal, in 1990 for Number the Stars, set in Denmark during World War II, and in 1994 for the eerily dystopian The Giver. Both books are published by Houghton Mifflin.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros, illustrated by Rafael López

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: Diego: Bigger Than Life, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and published by Marshall Cavendish Children; My Abuelita, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston and published by Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; and Gracias Thanks, illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

Return to Sender by written Julia Alvarez

Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named : Diego: Bigger Than Life, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz and published by Marshall Cavendish Children; and Federico García Lorca, written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro and published by Lectorum Publications Inc.

Schneider Family Book Award

Django written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

Anything but Typical written by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Marcelo in the Real World, written by Francisco X. Stork

William C. Morris Award

Flash Burnout, written by L.K. Madigan

Odyssey Award

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken written by Kate DiCamillo and narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks were named:In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber, produced by Listen & Live Audio, Inc., written by L. A. Meyer and narrated by Katherine Kellgren; Peace, Locomotion, produced by Brilliance Audio, written by Jacqueline Woodson and narrated by Dion Graham; and We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, produced by Brilliance Audio, written by Kadir Nelson and narrated by Dion Graham.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes

Four Geisel Honor Books were named:I Spy Fly Guy! written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold and published by Scholastic;Little Mouse Gets Ready, written and illustrated by Jeff Smith and published by TOON BOOKS, a division of RAW Junior, LLC;Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends, written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; andPearl and Wagner: One Funny Day, written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R. W. Alley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Jim Murphy is the 2010 Edwards Award winner. His books include: An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, published by Clarion Books ; Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; The Great Fire, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic ;The Long Road to Gettysburg, published by Clarion Books; and A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy, published by Clarion Books.

Robert F. Sibert Medal

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, written by Tanya Lee Stone

Three Sibert Honor Books were named: The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani and published by Charlesbridge; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, written and illustrated by Brian Floca, and published by Richard Jackson/Atheneum Books for Young Readers; and Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, written by Phillip Hoose and published by Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, written by Deborah Heiligman

Andrew Carnegie Medal

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, produced by Paul R. Gagne and Mo Willems of Weston Woods

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

A Faraway Island, originally published in Swedish as En ö i havet, was written by Annika Thor, translated by Linda Schenck

Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: Big Wolf and Little Wolf, written by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Bedrick and published by Enchanted Lion Books ; Eidi, written by Bodil Bredsdorff, translated by Kathryn Mahaffy and published by Farrar Straus Giroux; and Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness, written by Nahoko Uehashi, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, translated by Cathy Hirano and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.