Thursday, January 26, 2006

ALA Youth Literary Award Winners, Part 1

For full information on the Awards, check out the ALA Press Release. Here is my brief round up of books I read / didn't read. If I read a book but didn't blog about it, I will as soon as I have time. For the most part, it looks like the books I didn't read tend to be younger than YA.

If I didn't blog about a book, its either because I read it before I started this blog or I didn't have the time to post full review. Score = number of books read over total books. Why is scoring important? Um, because I'm a green? Actually, with so many books out there I rely on a combination of things as to what to read next: books I have to read for work or for the NJLA YA section; books that sound interesting; books with good reviews; books I read about in blogs or on discussion lists; books that customers tell me about; books friends recommend. And I like to see if all those things add up to keeping up on the prize-worthy books out there.

John Newbery Medal. My score: 2/5

Winner: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins. Read, didn't review.
Honor Books:
Whittington by Alan Armstrong. Didn't read.
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. My review.
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Didn't read.
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson. Didn't read.


Randolph Caldecott Medal. My score: 0/5
Winner: The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster. Didn't read.
Honor Books:
Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni. Didn't read.
Zen Shorts written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. Didn't read.
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Didn't read.
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman. Didn't read.


Michael L. Printz Award My score: 5/5
Winner: Looking for Alaska written by John Green. Read, didn't review.
Honors:
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan. My review.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Read, didn't review.
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge. My review.
A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson. My review.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. My score: 2/4
Author Book Winner: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue written by Julius Lester. Read, didn't review.
Author Honor Books:
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden. Didn't read.
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes. Didn't read.
A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson. My review.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award. My score: 0/2
Illustrator Winner: Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni. Didn't read.
Illustrator Honor Book: Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by R. Gregory Christie. Didn't read.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. My score: 0/1
Jimi & Me written by Jaime Adoff. Didn't read.

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