The last post was getting a little long, so here are the last of the award winners for 2011!
The Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
A Time of Miracles written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses and Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia. The two make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. But what exactly is the truth about Blaise’s past?
Bits and pieces are revealed as he and Gloria endure a five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. During this time Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent; but only later, as a young man, can he finally attempt to untangle his identity.
Batchelder Honor Books
Departure Time written by Truus Matti, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier, published by Namelos
Nothing written by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
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The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Grandma’s Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez, published by Walker Publishing Company, Inc., a division of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.
After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift—a sketchbook and colored pencils—to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist.
Fiesta Babies illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla, published by Tricycle Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams
The Dreamer written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Respinning the childhood of the widely beloved poet Pablo Neruda, Ryan and Sís collaborate to create a stirring, fictionalized portrait of a timid boy’s flowering artistry. Young Neftalí Reyes (Neruda’s real name) spends most of his time either dreamily pondering the world or cowering from his domineering father, who will brook no such idleness from his son. In early scenes, when the boy wanders rapt in a forest or spends a formative summer by the seashore, Ryan loads the narrative with vivid sensory details. And although it isn’t quite poetry, it eloquently evokes the sensation of experiencing the world as someone who savors the rhythms of words and gets lost in the intricate surprises of nature.
Ole! Flamenco written by George Ancona, photographs by George Ancona, published by Lee & Low Books Inc.
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba written by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
90 Miles to Havana written by Enrique Flores-Galbis, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing
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Coretta Scott King Awards
Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
| One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
| Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
| Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.
| Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
| Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company