105 Ways to Give a Book

ALA Awards: Printz, King, Sibert, and Schneider

Sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?

I’m going to mention the Schneider Award for one reason and one reason only: The winner of the middle school category is Tracie Vaughn Zimmer for Reaching for Sun. The announcement of this book was heralded by some definite whoops in the audience.

The Coretta Scott King author award goes to — no big surprise here — Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis. I didn’t like this book when I started it, but it definitely picked up and got me totally on board with the genius of this book. The Coretta Scott King illustrator award goes to — I called it, people — Let It Shine, by Ashley Bryan. Yeah!

The Printz Honor Awards go to Dreamquake, by Elizabeth Knox; One Whole and Perfect Day, by Judith Clarke; Repossessed, by A.M. Jenkins; Your Own, Sylvia, by Stephanie Hemphill. Didn’t read any of them. Oops. The Printz Award goes to The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean. Read it and loved it.

The Sibert Award for informational books for children goes to The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sis.

In a definite surprise for me, the Carnegie Award for video for children goes to... the Disney Channel movie Jump In, starring Corbin Bleu.

Really? Seriously? Jump In? Disney Channel? The kid from High School Musical? Okay... whatever.


EM said...

I have not read ANY of the Printz books yet. Only heard of ONE of them. Clearly I am slacking off big time, or else just hopelessly uncool.

And I thought the Carnegie Medal was reserved for Weston Woods? Shocking!

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget the Sibert Honor books, which include one of my favorites for the year, Brian Floca's LIGHTSHIP. I'd have loved to see it get a Caldecott Honor but maybe they'll save that for the Apollo 13 book he's working on right now...

Little Willow said...

YES! Reaching for Sun! YES!

Anonymous said...

Sorry... Apollo 11. I knew that. Just typed it wrong.


MotherReader said...

Em, I hadn't heard of the Printz books either except for the one I read - which I thought was an older book - so I'm not really so well aware either.

Tim, HI! I was trying to get down on the Sibert Honor books, but the titles went by so fast and then my system crashed and it was post then or forever hold my peace.

LW, I wish you could have heard the very distinct Whoop! noises that came after that announcement that did not appear with the other two titles in that award. It was funny - and echoed by me at home.

Tricia said...

Okay,this is my non-book admission here, but William (a six-year old) LOVES Jump-In. Having seen it now too many times to count, I can say that it isn't a bad movie. It's got a great message about following your dreams. It also made me want to jump rope again. :-o