2012 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners Announced

Wow, quite a shocker on the Newbery Medal Award Winners for 2012. Only one of the favorites was an award recipient. In what many people considered a very strong year in children’s books, the crowd gave an audible groan or murmer when it was announced there were TWO Honor Books chosen (fewer than average).

The Newbery Honor Books for 2012 are:
Inside Out and Back Again
and Breaking Stalin’s Nose
and the

2012 Newbery Medal Award Winner is…….  Dead End in Norvelt

For the Caldecott Award in 2012, there are 3 Honor Books:


    Grandpa Green

 Me . . . Jane

and the

2012 Caldecott Award Winner is ……  A Ball for Daisy

As you can see many of the Newbery favorites were shut out, though Wonderstuck won a Schneider Book Award. Here is a list that I compiled as the announcements were made. It is not complete. There are additional Honor books for some of the awards that I didn’t write down in time and even a few awards that I missed entirely (generally the lesser-known ones). Full results are due to be posted at http://www.ala.org/yma, but were not there when I checked a few minutes ago.

Winner of Schneider Book Awards - The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences:

Middle School Book Award (Shared by Two Books):

    Close to Famous


Teen Book Award Winner:

    The Running Dream
Stonewall Book Award - presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Award Winner:

    Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Coretta Scott King Awards
Award Winner:

    Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

YALSA Non-Fiction Book Award

    The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
Morris Award - honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature

Honor Books:

    Why We Broke Up

    The Returning

    Jasper Jones

    The Scorpio Races
Award Winner:

    Where Things Come Back
Michael L. Printz Award - an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature

Award Winner:

    Where Things Come Back

Theodore Geisel Award - given to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers

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