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2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Winners

Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Winners of 2012

Congrats to all the authors, illustrators, publishers, friends and family who helped in the creation of all these wonderful books! Which books have you and your kids read and which ones do you recommend? Please share!

p.s. I also posted on the Silbert, Morris, Stonewall and Non-Fiction YALSA here.

2012 Newbery Medal Winner

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

The 2012 Newbery Medal winner is Dead End in Norvelt  by Jack Gantos

2012 Honor Books

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin


 2012 Caldecott Winner

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

  A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Caldecott Honor Books

Blackout illustrated and written by John Rocco

Grandpa Green illustrated and written by Lane Smith

Me … Jane illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell

Prinzt Award

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

2012 Printz Award Winner

Where Things Come Back written by John Corey Whaley

2012 Printz Award Runners Up

Why We Broke Up written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman

The Returning written by Christine Hinwood

Jasper Jones written by Craig Silvey

The Scorpio Races written by Maggie Stiefvater 

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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

Tales for Very Picky Eaters written and illustrated by Josh Schneider, is the Geisel Award winner.

 Geisel Honor Books

I Broke My Trunk written and illustrated by Mo Willems

I Want My Hat Back written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

See Me Run written and illustrated by Paul Meisel


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award 

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is the King Author Book winner.


King Author Honor Book

The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans

King Illustrator Honor Book

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is the King Author Book winner.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Ashley Bryan is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime achievement. The award, which pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.

Storyteller, artist, author, poet and musician, Bryan created his first children’s book in first grade. He grew up in the Bronx and in 1962, he became the first African American to both write and illustrate a children’s book. After a successful teaching career, Bryan left academia to pursue creation of his own artwork. He has since garnered numerous awards for his significant and lasting literary contribution of poetry, spirituals and story.

Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

The Jury chose not to award a book in the category for children ages 0 – 8 because no submissions were deemed worthy of the award.

Middle school award (ages 9 – 13)

close to famous written byJoan Bauer

Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures written by Brian Selznick 

The teen (ages 14-18) award winner

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Susan Cooper is the 2012 Edwards Award winner. Her books include: The Dark Is Rising Sequence: “Over Sea, Under Stone”; “The Dark Is Rising”; “Greenwitch”; “The Grey King”; and “Silver on the Tree.”

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:

“Soldier Bear” is the 2012 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2008 as “Soldaat Wojtek,” written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson.

One Batchelder Honor Book also was selected: “The Lily Pond,” written by Annika Thor, and translated by Linda Schenck.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

“Diego Rivera: His World and Ours,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books

“The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos.

“Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina,” illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Belpré Author Honor Books

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle

Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thrille by Xavier Garza 

2012 YALSA’s Alex Awards

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston

The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo

Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

“Rotters,” produced Listening Library is the 2012 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

Ghetto Cowboy,” produced by Brilliance Audio, written by G. Neri and narrated by JD Jackson

“Okay for Now,” produced by Listening Library, written by Gary D. Schmidt and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe

“The Scorpio Races,”written by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Steve Westand and Fiona Hardingham

“Young Fredle,” produced by Listening Library, written by Cynthia Voigt and narrated by Wendy Carter

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Josh

    When do they usually announce the Newbery finalists?

    • Hi Josh,
      They announce all the children’s book awards in January but it’s fun to try to guess what will make the list. #8 Fuse Productions is a great source of books. Her picks generally are the frontrunners. 100 Scope Notes also makes great predictions. Both are librarians with great blogs. I try to pick books from their lists to buy for my kids. Even if the books don’t win, they are great books to read!

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