40 Forever: Academy Awards of Children’s Literature

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The Academy Awards of Children’s Literature

Here are a few of the big winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards which were announced this morning:

Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011. Print.


Raschka, Christopher. A Ball for Daisy.
New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011. Print.


Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. New York:
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. Print.

Belpré Medals:

McCall, Guadalupe G. Under the Mesquite. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2011. Print.


Tonatiuh, Duncan, and Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011. Print.

King Medals:

Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.
New York: Balzer + Bray, 2011. Print.

Evans, Shane. Underground. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2011. Print.


Schneider, Josh. Tales for Very Picky Eaters. New York: Clarion Books, 2011. Print.

Posted by at 9:06 PM

4 comments to 40 Forever: Academy Awards of Children’s Literature

  • Balloons Over Broadway is my favorite.

  • morst

    Hey Rebecca – do you ever have a contest at the Library to see who can read the most Newbery or Caldecott winners? I think we had something like that when I was in grade school, or maybe it was just an idea I got in my head.

    I looked at the lists, and I’ve read more Newberys than Caldecotts. I was gonna ask you what that said about me, but I decided to look it up. Turns out it means I can read. Caldecotts are picture books, Newberys are the award for childrens’ books! Haw. Hope I got that apostrophe right!

  • Chris LeRoy

    What a literate crowd is gathered!

  • Very impressive, Morst! What are your favorite Newbery winners? Right now my favorite is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

    Some schools have prizes for kids who read the highest number of award-winning books. We try to keep things low pressure and at the library. In the summer kids earn prizes for the amount of time they spend reading at home (honor system). They can read anything they like at whatever pace they prefer.

    Most states have a book award that is voted upon by kids which is a great idea.

    Your apostrophes are fine.

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