- Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool – haven’t read it. Now have it on hold.
- Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm – don’t know anything about it.
- Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus – recognized the cover. Haven’t read it.
- Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen – haven’t seen it…yet.
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – read it. Not surprised it got an honor, as it had a lot of buzz. Don’t know that I think it should have gotten an honor, though.
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead – not surprised. Have glanced at it. Need to look at it in more detail.
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill – not surprised. Have glanced at it. Need to look at it in more detail.
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein - thought is was an adorable book. Never considered it for Caldecott.
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – cover looks familiar. Will read it soon.
Printz Honor Books:
- Stolen by Lucy – Happy to see this win at least an honor. I thought it was well written.
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – haven’t read it.
- Revolver by Marcus – haven’t read it.
- Nothing by Janne Teller – haven’t read it.
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – Read it. Thought it was decent. See additional comments above.
King Author Honor Books:
- Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers – haven’t read it, but not surprised.
- Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes – have read. Enjoyed.
- Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty – a graphic novel! Haven’t read it, but have a copy in my bag that I will read soon.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier – no surprise. See additional comments above.
King Illustrator Honor Book:
- Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio – haven’t read yet
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award
- Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon – have heard some buzz on it, but not read yet
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Illustrator) Award
- Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton – haven’t read it.
Schneider Family Book Award
- The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril (ages 0 to 10) – sounds cute. I need to find it.
- After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (ages 11-13). – haven’t read
- Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (ages 13-18) – reading now and enjoying. So far it’s a great read
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
- The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
- The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
- Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
- The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant
- The Radleys by Matt Haig
- The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
- Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
- The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson
Um…these are adult novels. I haven’t heard of most – if any. I have a tendency to avoid most adult books.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
- Tomie dePaola
I’m not a huge Tomie dePaola fan, but due appreciate the wealth of his work.
Margaret A. Edwards Award
- Sir Terry Pratchett
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
- A Time of Miracles. by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet – haven’t read. May look in to it.
Batchelder Honor Books:
- Departure Time by Truus Matti and translated by Nancy Forest-Flier– haven’t read. May look in to it.
- Nothing by Janne Teller and translated by Martin Aitken. – haven’t read. May look in to it.
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin. – haven’t listened to the audio or read the book.
Odyssey Honor Recordings:
- Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman and narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Read the book. Narrator is an awesome one, so I may have to get the audiobook.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and narrated by Nick Podehl – haven’t listened to the audio or read the book.
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering – haven’t listened to the audio or read the book.
- will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. – haven’t listened to the audio or read the book. Might have to change that soon.
Pura Belpré (Author) Award
- The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Haven’t read it, but not surprised it won.
Belpré Author Honor Books:
- ¡Olé! Flamenco by George Ancona - Haven’t read it
- The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engles – read it last year (an ARC). Enjoyed. Not surprised it got an honor.
- 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis - Haven’t read it
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award
- Grandma’s Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez - Haven’t read it
Belpré Illustrator Honors:
- Fiesta Babies illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla - Haven’t read it
- Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky - Haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
- Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin illustrated and written by Duncan - Haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
Robert F. Sibert Medal
- Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, is the 2011 Sibert Award winner. The book features photographs by Nic Bishop - Haven’t read it.
- Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca- Haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
- Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman - Haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
- Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher- Haven’t read it.
Stonewall honor books:
- will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan - Haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
- Love Drugged by James Klise - Haven’t read it.
- Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin - Haven’t read it.
- The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake- Haven’t read it.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
- Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee – not overly surprised.
Two Geisel Honor Books:
- Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin – not overly surprised.
- We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems – not overly surprised.
William C. Morris Award
- The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston – The only one that was a finalist that I hadn’t read! I started it on Sunday.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
- Hush by Eishes Chayil – Very well written, though I have a few issues with it. Look for a review soon.
- Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey – see recent review
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride – see recent review (this was my pick of the ones I finished)
- Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber – see recent review
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
- Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel – haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
- They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell – haven’t read it, but have heard of it.
- Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers
- The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul
- Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw – recently read. Look for upcoming review.