And the Newbery Winner Is…: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER
Share your reactions to the Newbery announcement (and other awards) in the comments below. Below are highlights from the awards, just listing titles that were discussed on Heavy Medal this year. The complete list of award winners is here.
6:50 (PST): John Newbery Medal: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER won the Medal! Five(!) Honor Books: ALL THIRTEEN, BOX, FIGHTING WORDS, WE DREAM OF SPACE, and A WISH IN THE DARK.
6:49 (PST): Randolph Caldecott Medal: WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS won the Medal.
6:47 (PST): Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: SEE THE DOG won!
6:44 (PST): Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: The Winner is HONEYBEE! ALL THIRTEEN is an Honor Book.
6:40 (PST): Pura Belpré Awards: In the Children’s Category, EFRÉN DIVIDED is the winner.
6:35 (PST): Michael L. Printz Award: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE is the Winner! DRAGON HOOPS was awarded an Honor.
6:32 (PST): YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH is the winner.
6:28 (PST): Odyssey Award: KENT STATE won this award for best audiobook.
6:20 (PST): Coretta Scott King Award: The Author Award went to BEFORE THE EVER AFTER. KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES won an Honor.
6:14 (PST): Schneider Family Book Award: Middle Grade Category: SHOW ME A SIGN IS the winner! WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED is an Honor book.
6:10 (PST): Sydney Taylor Book Award: In the Middle Grade category. THE BLACKBIRD GIRLS is an Honor choice. The Young Adult winner is DANCING AT THE PITY PARTY! (one of my favorites of the year!)
6:05 (PST): The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER is the winner! PRAIRIE LOTUS won the Honor.
5:40 (PST): The webcast of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards starts in about 20 minutes. I’ll share some reactions here as the individual awards are announced.
I’ve read with Newbery in mind so much this year that I haven’t given a ton of thought to other awards, but they’re always fascinating too. Here a handful of titles we discussed on Heavy Medal that might have a chance to get recognized at some point this morning:
Sydney Taylor Book Award (books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience): I have high hopes for A CEILING MADE OF GLASS and CHANCE. Also THE WAY BACK, which we didn’t give enough time on Heavy Medal.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage): WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER, AN ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, and ANY DAY WITH YOU seem like possible contenders. I’d love to see A WISH IN THE DARK get something too.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: ALL THIRTEEN and THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH are among the five finalists.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (most distinguished beginning reader book): I think SEE THE CAT is the only reader we looked at here, and I would be very happy if it was chosen.
Stonewall Book Award (books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience): KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES is a standout. RICK could contend as well.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (most distinguished informational book): Nonfiction books that got some praise here include THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH and ALL THIRTEEN, but we never got to a bunch of others that could have a chance.
Pura Belpré Awards (children’s books [that] best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience]: EFRÉN DIVIDED and MAÑANALAND are excellent books that we should have spent more time on. Maybe SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE? CLAP WHEN YOU LAND may be too old.
Schneider Family Book Award (books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience): SHOW ME A SIGN would be a popular choice here for many Heavy Medal readers. RETURN OF THE THIEF is probably a long shot, but you never know.
Michael L. Printz Award (excellence in literature written for young adults): We didn’t go too far into the YA realm in our discussions, but books like EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE and KENT STATE could break through.
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (recognizes an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults): Lots of possibilities from our months of discussion, including CLASS ACT, FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER, LEAVING LYMON, and WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE. And OVERGROUND RAILROAD could contend in both the author and illustrator categories.
Randolph Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children): When we look at picture books on Heavy Medal we focus on the words, not the illustrations. But I could see WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS, OVERGROUND RAILROAD, or HONEYBEE having a chance here.
John Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children’s literature): The one we’ve been waiting for…
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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