Every year I challenge myself to see if I can predict the winner for several of the book awards presented by the American Library Association. I limit my contest with myself to just five of the twenty different media awards. I have listed those special five in alphabetical order, by last name, so you won't think I have a favorite (even though I do).
The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Robert F. Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.
The winners for this year were announced at the annual ALA Midwinter Meeting. They include :
Pura Belpré (Author) Award: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Randolph Caldecott Medal: A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
John Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Robert F. Sibert Award: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
This year I was successful in predicting that Heart and Soul would win an award. It is a beautiful and fascinating book. Let me know if you enjoy it as much as I did.