Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
For the most distinguished informational book for children.

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.  Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and on of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear.  Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death.  The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."



2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Books:

by Candace Fleming
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by Caren Stelson
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Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin
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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
by Russell Freedman
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award

2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award
Honoring a Latino author whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.


Winner:
by Juana Medina

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Juana loves many things - drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogota, Columbia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever.  She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class.  And she especially does not love learning the English.  Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense?  But when Juana's abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning - one that Juana will need to speak English to go on - Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all.  Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones - the hearts - of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake, Juana Medina.


2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award Honor Book:
by Alexandra Diaz
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Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award

2017 Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award
Honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.


Winner:

illustrated by Raul Gonzalez
written by Cathy Camper

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Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last.  They're proud owners of their very own garage.  But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him.  Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner!



2017 Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award Honor Books:

illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
written by Susan Wood
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illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Odyssey Award

2017 Odyssey Award
For best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.


Winner:

by Gavriel Savit
narrated by Allan Corduner

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Krakow, 1939.  A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs.  This is no place to grow up.  Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland.  She's alone.

And then Anna meets the Swallow Man.  He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve.  And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see.

The Swallow Man is not Anna's father - she knows that very well - but she also knows that, like her father, he's in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird.  When he summons a bright beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.  She follows him into the wilderness.


2017 Odyssey Award Honor Recording:

by Jason Reynolds
narrated by Guy Lockard
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by Emma Shevah
narrated by Laura Kirman
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by Noelle Stevenson
narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
For an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States.


Winner:
by Beatrice Alemagna
originally published in Danish, written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, and translated by Robert Moulthrop

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Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away.  But Death does arrive all the same, as it must.  He comes gently, naturally.  And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.


2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honor Books:
by Taro Gomi, translated by Taylor Norman
originally published in Japanese
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by Jose Sanabria, translated by Audrey Hall
originally published in German
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by Arne Svingen, translated by Kari Dickson
originally published in Norwegian
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Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Schneider Family Book Award (Ages 11-13)

2017 Schneider Family Book Award (Ages 11-13)
For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Winners:

by Jason Reynolds

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Genie's summer is full of surprises.  The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia-in the COUNTRY!  The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind.  Thunderstruck and - being a curious kid - Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes?  Know where to walk?  Cook with a gas stove?  Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it?  Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house - as in NEVER.  And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into-a room so full of songbirds and plants that it's almost as if it's been pulled inside-out - he beings to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.







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Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Schneider Family Book Award (Ages 0-10)

2017 Schneider Family Book Award (Ages 0-10)
For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Winner:

written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

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Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight.  He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.

Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him.  So he invented his own alphabet - a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch.  A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Recognizing an African American Illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

Winner:


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

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Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen.  But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games an din the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City.  Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean -- and definitely not inside the lines -- to be beautiful.


2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Honor Books

illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan
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In Plain Sight

illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
Recognizing an African American Author of outstanding books for children and young adults

Winner:

March: Book Three
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin


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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.  Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and on of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear.  Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death.  The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."



2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Award Honor Books:

As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
by Ashley Bryan
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal

2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal
For the most distinguished American picture book for children

Winner:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

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Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen.  But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games an din the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City.  Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean -- and definitely not inside the lines -- to be beautiful.


2017 Caldecott Honor Books:

Leave Me Alone!
illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated and written by Carson Ellis
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They All Saw A Cat

illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel
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