Monday, January 14, 2008

Children's Award News

The ALSC Awards were just announced on the ALA website and I'm happy to say that some of my favourite books and authors from the past year were honoured.
  • Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems: 2008 Caldecott Honor Book
  • First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger: 2008 Caldecott Honor Book, 2008 Geisel Honor Book
  • There is a Bird On Your Head by Mo Willems: 2008 Geisel Award Winner for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.
  • Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, Illustrated by Steve Jenkins 2008 Geisel Honor Book
  • Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby: Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Teen Category Ages 13-18) for books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
  • Orson Scott Card is the recipient of the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults honoring his outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for his novels “Ender's Game” and “Ender's Shadow.”
  • The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Sean Qualls is the 2008 Pura Belpré Author Award recipient. This award honors Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books.
  • Yuyi Morales, illustrator of Los Gatos Black on Halloween is the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Los Gatos Black on Halloween, written by Marisa Montes, is also a 2008 Pura Belpré Honor Book
I've heard so much about the following books from my fellow divas, I must admit to getting very excited about the news on their behalf too!
For the full list of winners click on the following link to the ALA website.

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