Award Winning Children’s Books 2011

Caldecott, Newbery Children’s Book Winners and More

What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child?

2011 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Winner!: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin Stead and written by Philip Christian Stead

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Honor: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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Honor: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

I read this book at the Museum of Fine Arts’ bookstore and it’s gorgeously illustrated but even more than that, it’s the true story of a slave who was also a fine potter. Leaving just traces of his work by a line inscribed here and there on certain works, this book celebrates the unsung.

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2011 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

Winner!: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

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Honor: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
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Honor: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

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Honor: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Gracia

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Honor: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

2011 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults

Winner!: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Honor: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Honor: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Honor: Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Honor: Nothing by Janne Teller

2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award

recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults

Winner!: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Honor: Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Honor: Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Honor: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

2011 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Winner!: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

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Honor: Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio

2011 Coretta Scott/John Steptoe New Talent Award

Author Winner!: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon

Illustrator Winner!: Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson

2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book

Winner!: Bink and Gollie written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile

Honor: Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin

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Honor: We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

2011 Pura Belpra Award

honoring a Latino writer whose childrene’s books best portray,

affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Author Winner!: The Dreamer written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, written by Peter Sis

Illustrator Winner!: Grandma’s Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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