The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of which helps librarians bring excellent books to the attention of young readers and their parents.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to "This Is Not My Hat," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Authors are not involved in the ALA ceremony -- instead, the awards committees are acknowledged by the presenters -- but back in October, The Times spoke with Klassen. "What I like best is boiling a story down to something really simple," he told Susan Carpenter. There were five runners-up named as Caldecott Honor books.
"The One and Only Ivan," written by Katherine Applegate, a book for children ages 8 and up, took the 2013 Newbery Medal. The book had been named one of the best of 2012 by several institutions, including the New York Public Library and the School Library Journal. Three books were named Newbery Honor books.
The complete list of winners and runners-up is below.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
Newbery Honor Books
“Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press
“Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press
“Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
“This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.
Caldecott Honor Books
“Creepy Carrots!” illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
“Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Green,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press
“One Cool Friend," illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
“Sleep Like a Tiger,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
“Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
King Author Honor Books
“Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
“No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
“I, Too, Am America,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, text by Langston Hughes, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
King Illustrator Honor Books
“H. O. R. S. E.,” illustrated and written by Christopher Myers, published by Egmont USA