ALA’s 2014 Youth Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  See the ALA Press Release for a complete list of winners and nominees.

John Newbery Medal

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamilloFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

By Kate DiCamillo

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Locomotive by Brian FlocaLocomotive

By Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad.  These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Coretta Scott King Award (Author)

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-GarciaP.S. Be Eleven

By Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities.  She’s just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance.  She’s supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control.  Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different.  And her pa has a girlfriend.  At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice.  But why does her mother tell her to ‘be eleven’ when Delphine is now twelve?

Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick HillWhen the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

By Laban Carrick Hill

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.  On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx.  Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records.  He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing.  He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born.

Schneider Family Book Award (Ages 11 – 13)

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie HaskellHandbook for Dragon Slayers

By Merrie Haskell

Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Mister Orange by Truus MattiMister Orange

By Truus Matti  |  Translated by Laura Watkinson

When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family’s Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.

Pura Belpré Award (Illustrator)

Nino Wrestles the WorldNiño Wrestles the World

By Yuyi Morales

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Award

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cinty TrumboreParrots Over Puerto Rico

By Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Watermelon Seed by Greg PizzoliThe Watermelon Seed

By Greg Pizzoli

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed.  What will he do when his greatest fear is realized?  Will vines sprout out his ears?  Will his skin turn pink?  This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.

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