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 (Illustrator) Award: Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Robert F. Sibert Award: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin
This year I was successful in predicting that Bomb would win an award. It is a fascinating book about the history of the atomic bomb. Let me know if you think it is as interesting as I do.