Newbery Medal 2013, Caldecott Medal 2013, Newbery winner, Caldecott Winner, Coretta Scott King

2013 Newbery Medal, Caldecott Winners and More!

Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Winners of 2013

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. Compare predictions here.

p.p.s. If you are upset — What? Wonder didn’t win anything?!! — that a book you love didn’t win, Nerdy Book Club has a great post on Top 10 Things You May Not Know about the Newbery Award by Monica Edinger. Read it if you are upset. It is guaranteed to make you feel better!


2013 Newbery Medal Winner

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

The 2012 Newbery Medal winner is …

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine A. Applegate


2013 Newbery Honor Books

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


2013 Caldecott Medal Winner

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

This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

Review by The Book Chook:

For me, this charming children’s picture book is a stand-out because of the sheer fun and quality of the illustrations. Klassen uses muted colours in a limited palette to show us a story that takes place underwater. Each time I look at the calm serenity of the very big fish wearing a tiny blue hat I just have to grin, and kids most definitely will too.


Caldecott Honor Books

Creepy Carrots! by Aaro  Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett,  illustrated by Jon Klassen

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski


2013 Printz Award

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

2013 Printz Award Winner

In Darkness by Nick Lake

2012 Printz Award Runners Up

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchet

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 2013

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

Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long

Geisel Honor Books

Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover written and illustrated by Cece Bell


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.

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

King Author Honor Book

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier

King Illustrator Honor Book

H. O. R. S. E., illustrated and written by Christopher Myers

Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr. , illustrated by Kadir Nelson


Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Demetria Tucker 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.

Demetria Tucker is the 2013 recipient. Tucker has served as youth services coordinator within the Roanoke (Va.) Public Library System and library media specialist at the Forest Park Elementary School, where she was selected 2007 Teacher of the Year. As family and youth services librarian for the Pearl Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System, Tucker now coordinates a youth leadership program, a teen urban literature club and many other programs that support the youth of her community.


2013 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature Winners!

Thank you to Paper Tigers for this information! The Asian Pacific American Libraries Association has announced their 2013 literature award winners.

Best Asian Pacific American Picture Book

Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth by Joan Schoettler and illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Asian Pacific American Honor Picture Book

A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Asian Pacific American Children’s Literature Winner

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan by Hildi Kang

Asian Pacific American Children’s Literature Honor Book

Shark King by Kikuo Johnson

Asian Pacific American Young Adult Literature Winner

Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap

Asian Pacific American Young Adult Literature Honor Book

Ichiro written by Ryan Inzana


Schneider Family Book Award

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

Schneider Children’s book Award

Back to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

Schneider Middle school award (ages 9 – 13)

A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Schneider teen (ages 14-18) award winner

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis


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:

My Family for the War is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, and translated by Tammi Reichel.

Batchelder Honor Books

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin

Son of a Gun written and translated by Anne de Graaf


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:

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books

No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Belpré Author Honor Books

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano


2013 YALSA’s Alex Awards

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

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson


Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook

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

The Fault in Our Stars produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker

Ghost Knight produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill

Monstrous Beauty produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren


2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner

Katherine Paterson is the 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner! Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Paterson was born in China in 1932 to missionary parents and grew up in the American South, moving eighteen times before she was 18. After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, she herself became a missionary in Japan. She returned to the U.S. to attend the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she met and married John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister. Her first book, “The Sign of the Chrysanthemum,” was published in 1973. Katherine Paterson currently lives in Barre, Vermont.


Silbert 2013

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

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin


Morris Award 2013

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

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


Morris Honor Books

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth


Alex Awards 2013

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Pure by Julianna Baggott

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple


Stonewall 2013

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.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Stonewall Honor Books

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Gone, Gone, Gone  by Hannah Moskowitz

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S. J. Adams


Andrew Carnegie Medal

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video.

Katja Torneman, producer of “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” is the Carnegie Medal winner.



Margaret A. Edwards Award

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

Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories and writing, and in 1983, she published her first book, Song of the Lioness. She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in Syracuse, New York.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults including picture books, novels and nonfiction. During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company.

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Newbery Medal 2013, Caldecott Medal 2013, Newbery winner, Caldecott Winner, Coretta Scott King

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Thanks for these Mia! So many great-sounding books to investigate. I reviewed This is Not My Hat and loved it, and will keep an eye open for many more here.
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  2. I’m so glad you posted all of these in one place because I could not get on the ALA website this morning! They were overloaded!

    • Hi Mom and Kiddo,
      I think the ALA site is crashing from all the traffic. I used their Facebook and found a press release to get the results. So excited to buy some new books to read though! Heard great things about The One and Only Ivan!

  3. Jeanette Nyberg

    Oh, this just makes me want to go on a major reading binge.
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  4. Maria Gianferrari

    I am so happy that “The One and Only Ivan” won the Newbery. It was definitely my all-time favorite middle grade novel of last year. It is sad, hilarious, and so hopeful–I wept and I laughed as I read it. Then I read it aloud to my daughter, who also loved it. And now her teacher is reading it aloud to their 4th/5th grade class (Montessori school).

    I thought last year’s Newbery, “Dead End in Norvelt” was merely OK, not worthy in my humble opinion of a Newbery, so this year I feel vindicated.

    I was sorry to see that “Z is for Moose” illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky did not garner any awards, but I absolutely love the “Sleep Like a Tiger” illustrations–they’re stunning.

    I was also glad to see that Moonbird and Code Name Verity were honorees in their categories.

  5. I love that you included the covers in your list. I’m a visual person so it really helps me. Even if I forget some of the titles, when I see them I’ll remember them.
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    • Hi Michelle,
      I’m the same! I need to see the title and a good cover sticks with me like Crow’s and also Wonder’s. Which books are you wanting to read now that the awards are out? I’m trying to read most of the Newberys.
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    • Been hunkered down here on the East Coast after Hurricane Nemo. Finally relocated to a place with power and running water.

      Anyway… I had plenty of time to read these last few days. I loved DRAMA. I don’t tend to read lots of graphic novels, (though I do read them) but I think Raina Telgemeir is especially good. Another one to try, if you’re new to graphic novels is PERSEPOLIS. A fantastic memoir about growing up in Iran during the cultural revolution. That’s the novel that got me reading graphic novels in the first place.
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      • Hi Michelle,
        Thanks so much for the book rec. I will get my hands on Persepolis! For kids? I am searching for more graphic novels for a 6th grade girl reluctant reader. She loved Smile and she’s reading Drama now. I’ll let her know about Persepolis if you think it’s not too old for her. Thanks so much!!!
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  6. Amy

    I shared some of my thoughts on the winners here:

    It was so fun to see so many great books win!
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    • Thank you for sharing your link Amy! I love reading what everyone thinks about the books that were picked. I am excited to read a pile of them but I am shocked that Wonder by R. J. Palacio did not win even a Schneider Award which it should have had a lock on. I was hoping for a Newbery honor for that one. And Ed Young … either of his books I had hoped would win a Caldecott. Oh well. There is always another year with another books of theirs!
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  7. Ann

    Thanks for this great resource! Looking forward to reading This Is Not My Hat. We liked I Want My Hat Back. I am interested is so many from this list! I am bookmarking it so I can come back to it all year!
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  8. Thanks for taking the time to put together this list. It was so nice that you have everything in one place, and I like that you included the book jackets!
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    • Thanks Bethany,
      I am a visual person so it helps me to keep track of the books to memorize their cover. I am hoping to get my hands on a pile of these. It will be my reading list all year. I’m so enjoying the Picture Book of the Day series that you are hosting. Thanks for coordinating it!
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  9. You are so wonderful to put these all in one post! Now we have our go-to spot for making our summer reading lists (always have to get some of the award books on there for the kids). So many great reads – wonderful list!!
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  10. Thanks for sharing on the After School Link-Up! I am featuring this post as well this week on Parent Teach Play: Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Off to pin. Thanks again!!
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  11. Renee C.

    I love how you pulled these all into one great post. I’ve pinned this for future reference. Thanks for linking it into the Kid Lit Blog Hop too!
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