Drawing from Memory, Allen Say, best kids books,

More 2012 KidLit and YA Awards: Sibert, Stonewall, Morris and YALSA

Best Young Adult and Children’s Books of 2012

Here are the rest of the 2012 Children’s and Young Adult book awards…”The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.”

p.s. The rest of the 2012 ALA awards are here.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.


Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Sibert Honor Books

Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor by Larry Dane Brimner

Drawing from Memory written and illustrated by Allen Say

The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwella

Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer

 Stonewall Book Award

Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.


Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

Honor Books

a + e 4ever  drawn and written by Ilike Merey

Money Boy by Paul Yee

Pink  by Lili Wilkinson

with or without you by Brian Farrey 

William C. Morris Award

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley


Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults, ages 12 – 18, each year.


The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin


Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    We LOVED Balloons over Broadway!

  2. I have the William C. Morris winner/finalists in my TBR list. I’m especially interested in reading Under the Mesquite.
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