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Jan 30 2013

2013 Youth Book and Media Award Winners

by Nancy M

YouthMediaAwardsThe moment we’ve all been waiting for has come! Well, maybe we haven’t all been waiting for this, but if you are a children’s librarian or into children’s books, the American Library Association’s annual announcement of the best books and audiobooks in children’s and teen literature is pretty exciting stuff. So let’s get to it! DCPL Youth Services Librarians and staff recently had its own Mock Caldecott election, for which we chose Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, so I was highly anticipating these results. The Caldecott is given to the illustrator with the most notable children’s picture book and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the award.

And the 2013 Caldecott Award goes to:

This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

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The honor books are:

Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

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Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

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Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo

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Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

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Love these choices! I’m not too surprised with these winners and am thrilled that a few of my personal favorites were chosen, including, of course, Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen. He cleaned up this year by taking home an honor award and the top prize for This Is Not My Hat.  A follow up to his 2011 picture book, I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat is a must-read not just for its beautiful illustrations but for the very humorous storytelling with an ending that leaves readers a lot to ponder. You can check out some of his charming illustrations at http://jonklassen.tumblr.com/

I also loved that Creepy Carrots was chosen. With a description like this (from Simon and Schuster) how could it not be award winning? :

The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

It’s funny and witty, and of course, creepy and makes for a great read-aloud!

What do you think of the Caldecott committee’s choices this year? Are there any books that you felt were more deserving?

The Newbery Award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and this year’s award went to Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan.

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And the Newbery Honor Books are (click on the picture to take you to the catalog listing):

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The Caldecott and Newbery are the highest of the awards but there are many other notable awards including the Coretta Scott King Award, Printz, Belpré and more. For a full list of winners, click here.

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Veronica W January 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Yay for This Is Not My Hat. It is one of the cleverest, most amusing books I have seen in a long time. The highest praise I can give it is to buy a copy for my personal collection.

Nancy M January 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I agree, Veronica. And I was excited to see that you can also buy prints from Klassen’s site that I posted above. I am considering buying one of the prints from This Is Not My Hat for my toddler’s room as I really love his illustrations.

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