Many recent children’s book awards

There have been children’s book awards galore–and, not surprisingly, some of the books that are finalists in the Cybils awards have also received awards from other places. (You can see which ones at this post.)

As usual, some of my favorite books or writers have received awards, some books I don’t like also have, and some books that I haven’t read yet have. I think that awards, like everything, are subjective…and you can often find some truly wonderful books through children’s book awards, that you might otherwise have missed.

The books I’m most excited about winning are:
-A M Jenkin’s Repossessed ( ) (I love her writing! She is an incredibly good writer.)
-There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (Hyperion) (I just love his Elephant/pig books. They are SO funny.)
-The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean (I really like her writing.)

The recent children’s book awards are:

2008 Printz Award
(The Printz Award is given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for YA books of excellence.)

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean (HarperCollins)

Honor Books:

Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox (Frances Foster Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke (Front Street/Boyds Mills Press)

Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House Children’s Books)

2008 Newbery Medal
(The Newbery Medal is awarded by the US Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.)

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz , published by Candlewick. (Also a Cybils finalist.)

Honor Books:

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic)

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion)

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)

2008 Caldecott Medal
(The Caldecott Medal is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

Honor Books:

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railrod by illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (Scholastic)

First the Egg, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, written and illustrated by Peter Sís
(Farrar/Frances Foster)

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written and illustrated Mo Willems (Hyperion)


2008 Mildred L. Batchelder Winner

(The Mildred L. Batchelder award is awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.)

VIZ Media for Brave Story, written by Miyuki Miyabe and translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith

Honor Books:
Milkweed Editions for The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity, written by Jutta Richter, with illustrations by Rotraut Susanne Berner, and translated from the German by Anna Brailovsky

Phaidon Press for Nicholas and the Gang, written by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, and translated from the French by Anthea Bell


2008 (Pura) Belpré Medal

(The Belpré Medal is given to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.)

For Narrative:
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Holt)

For illustration:
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa Montes (Holt)

Honor Books:
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! written and illustrated Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (Marshall Cavendish)

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael Austin (Peachtree)

Los Gatos Black on Halloween , written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Holt)

My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez, illustrated by Raúl Colón, written by Monica Brown (Luna Rising)

My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo, written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children’s Book Press)

2008 (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal
(The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s beginning reader books published in the USA.)

There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (Hyperion)

Honor Books:

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)

Hello, Bumblebee Bat, written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (Charlesbridge)

Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Harcourt)

Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Holt)

2008 Coretta Scott King Award
(The Coretta Scott King honors African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.)

Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton

Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine

2008 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
(The Sibert Medal is is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English.)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)

Honor Books

Lightship by written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)

Nic Bishop Spiders written and illustrated by Nic Bishop (Scholastic/Scholastic Nonfiction)

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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