ALA Youth Media Awards

SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King , Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner.

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen , is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.

Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

  • Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2013 Excellence winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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 is the King Author Book winner.

Two King Author Honor Books were selected:

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes.

Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:

  • H. O. R. S. E., illustrated and written by Christopher Myers
  • Ellen’s Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 Printz Award winner.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

  • Back to Front and Upside Down!, written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, wins the award for children ages 0 to 10
  • A Dog Called Homeless, written by Sarah Lean, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award
  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis, is the teen (ages 13-18) award winner

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman
  • Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman
  • Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
  • My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf
  • One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard
  • Pure, by Julianna Baggott
  • The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:

Katja Torneman, producer of Anna, Emma and the Condors, is the Carnegie Medal winner.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2013 winner is Katherine Paterson.

Coretta Scott King -Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Demetria Tucker is the 2013 recipient. Tucker has served as youth services coordinator within the Roanoke (Va.) Public Library System and library media specialist at the Forest Park Elementary School, where she was selected 2007 Teacher of the Year.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site. Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

My Family for the War is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as Liverpool Street, the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve , translated by Tammi Reichel.

Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd .

Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:

  • Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker
  • Ghost Knight, produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill
  • Monstrous Beauty, produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren .

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Martin de Porres : The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz , is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Gary D. Schmidt.

Pura Belpre (Author) Award:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz , is the Belpre Author Award winner.

One Belpre Author Honor Book was named:

  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin , is the Sibert Award winner.

Three Sibert Honor Books were named:

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz is the Stonewall Award winner.

Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected:

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss Award winner.

Three Geisel Honor Books were named:

  • Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin , created and illustrated by James Dean
  • Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, written and illustrated by Cece Bell


Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.  For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit .


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