Congratulations to the 2009 ALA Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, King, Geisel, etc. Award Recipients

ALA Awards 2009

John Newbery Medal:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

John Newbery Honor Books:

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Randolph Caldecott Medal:

The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes

Randolph Caldecott Honor Books:

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Coretta Scott King Author Award:

Kadir Nelson, “We Are the Ship”

King Author Honor Books:

Hope Anita Smith, “Keeping the Night Watch
Joyce Carol Thomas, “The Blacker the Berry”
Carole Boston Weatherford, “Becoming Billie Holiday”

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:

Floyd Cooper, “The Blacker the Berry”

King Illustrator Honor Books:

Kadir Nelson, “We Are the Ship”
Sean Qualls, “Before John Was a Jazz Giant”
Jerry Pinkney, “The Moon Over Star”

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Shadra Strickland, illustrator of “Bird”

Michael L. Printz Award:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Printz Honor Books:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume II by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award:

We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson

Sibert Honor:

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
What to do about Alice? By Barbara Kerley

Schneider Family Book Awards:

Young Children: Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker
Middle School: Waiting For Normal by Leslie Conner
Teens: Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

Mildred L. Batchelder Award:

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

Batchelder Honor Books:

Garmann’s Summer by Stian Hole
Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis

Pura Belpré Author Award:

Margarita Engle for “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom”

Pura Belpré Author Honors:

Francisco Jimenez for “Reaching Out”
Yuvi Morales for “Just in Case”
Lucia Gonzalez for “The Storyteller’s Candle”

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award:

Yuvi Morales for “Just in Case”

Pura Belpré Illustrator Honors:

Rudy Gutierrez for “Papá and Me”
Lulu Delacre for “The Storyteller’s Candle”
Amy Córdova for “What can you do with a Rebozo?”

Alex Awards:

1. City of Thieves by David Henioff
2. The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
3. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
4. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
5. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
6. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
7. Over and Under by Todd Tucker
8. The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom
9. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
10. Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

Odyssey Award (audio books):

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Odyssey Honor (audio books):

Curse of the Blue Tattoo

Elijah of Buxton

I’m Dirty!

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale


Margaret A. Edwards Award:

Laurie Halse Anderson: “Catalyst,” “Fever 1793,” “Speak”

William C. Morris Award Finalists:

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Me, The Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine

Morris Award:

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award:

Kathleen T. Horning

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award:

Ashley Bryan, “Beautiful Blackbird,” “Dancing Granny,” “Sing to the Sun,” and “Words to My Life’s Song”

Andrew Carnegie Medal:

MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:

“Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems

Geisel Honor:

“Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’” by Judyann Ackerman Grant

“One Boy” by Laura Vacarro Seeger

“Stinky” by Eleanor Davis

“Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator” by Sarah C. Campbell


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