John Newbery Medal
Best in Children's Literature
The Randolph Caldecott Medal
Best in Children's Picture Books
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Best in Beginning Readers
Dead End in Norvelt written by Jack Gantos
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux
The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.
|2012 Newbery Honor|
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
Hà and her family flee war-torn Vietnam for the American South. In spare yet vivid verse, she chronicles her year-long struggle to find her place in a new and shifting world.
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
On the eve of his induction into the Young Pioneers, Sasha’s world is overturned when his father is arrested by Stalin’s guard. Yelchin deftly crafts a stark and compelling story of a child’s lost idealism.
A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka, published
by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books,
a division of Random House, Inc.
In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story
of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed.
With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total
(yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.
|2012 Caldecott Honor|
Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco, published by Disney · Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group
A summer’s power outage draws an urban family up to their building’s roof and then down to the street for an impromptu block party. Rocco illuminates details and characters with a playful use of light and shadow in his cartoon-style illustrations. He delivers a terrific camaraderie-filled adventure that continues even when the electricity returns.
Grandpa Green, written and illustrated by Lane Smith,published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
Elaborate topiary sculptures give visual form to memories in a wildly fanciful garden tended by a child and his beloved great-grandfather. Using an inspired palate, Lane Smith invites readers to tour a green lifetime of meaningful moments.
| Me … Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.|
Watching the birds and squirrels in her yard, a young girl discovers the joy and wonder of nature. In delicate and precise India ink and watercolor, McDonnell depicts the awakening of a scientific spirit. A perceptive glimpse of the childhood of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.
|Tales for Very Picky Eaters, written and illustrated by Josh Schneider, published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company|
Each of the five chapters in “Tales for Very Picky Eaters” recounts James’ refusal to eat yet another disgusting, smelly, repulsive, lumpy or slimy food. Not only picky eaters, but all readers will delight in the outrageous suggestions along with the off the wall rationale from his very clever dad for why he should become more adventurous in his food selections.
2012 Geisel Honor
|I Broke My Trunk , written and illustrated by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group |
In this installment of Elephant and Piggie’s adventures, Piggie is very concerned because his best friend, Gerald the Elephant, has broken his trunk. Gerald proceeds to tell Piggie a long, rambling story about how it happened.
|I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press|
After losing his hat, Bear politely and patiently questions his fellow forest dwellers as to the whereabouts of his “red pointy hat.” Although no one admits to seeing the hat, deer helps Bear realize, “I HAVE SEEN MY HAT.”
| See Me Run, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel, published by Holiday House|
Dogs and more dogs are everywhere. Running, sliding, jumping, splashing and having fun. Perceptive beginning readers will be drawn into the story starting with the illustration on the title page that hints at the surprising ending to come. The simple text consists mostly of sight words familiar to the beginning reader. The pen and ink, acrylic ink, and colored pencil illustrations add to the uproarious mood and are essential for a complete understanding of the story.
Source: American Library Association http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/index.cfm