Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.  This award is awarded by the Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association).

2011 Winner:  Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

2011 Honor Books

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Please Ignore Vera Dietz  by A.S. King
Revolver written by Marcus Sedgwick
Nothing written by Janne Teller

2010 Winner:  Going Bovine by Libba Bray

2010 Honor Books

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes by Deborah Heiligman

2009 Winner:  Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

2009 Honor Books

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

2008 Winner:  The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

2008 Honor Books

Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

2007 Winner:  American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

2007 Honor Books

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Surrende, by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2006 Winner:  Looking for Alaska by John Green

2006 Honor Books

Black Juice  by Margo Lanagan
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography  by Elizabeth Partridge
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

2005 Winner:  how i live now by Meg Rosoff

2005 Honor Books

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

2004 Winner:  The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

2004 Honor Books

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Keesha’s House by Helen Frost
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

2003 Winner:  Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

2003 Honor Books

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

2002 Winner:  Step from Heaven by An Na

2002 Honor Books

The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art by Jan Greenberg Abrams
Freewill by Chris Lynch
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

2001 Winner:  Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond

2001 Honor Books

Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

2000 Winner:  Monster by Walter Dean Myers

2000 Honor Books

Skellig by David Almond
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger


More 2011 Awards!

The last post was getting a little long, so here are the last of the award winners for 2011!

Batchelder Award

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.

2011 Winner

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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Belpre Award

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.

2011 Illustrator Award Winner

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.

Honor Books

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

2011 Author Award Winner

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.

Honor Books

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.

Author Award

2011 Winner(s)

Winner image One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

2011 Honor(s)

Winner image Lockdown
by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Winner image Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Winner image Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

Illustrator Award

2011 Winner(s)

Winner image 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.

2011 Honor(s)

Winner image 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

Teens: Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

The 2011 Printz Award, given to the best young adult book published in all of 2010, goes to

SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper w iring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


2011 Printz Honor Books include…

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.

Nothing by Janne Teller

Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.

See the list of winners from 2000-2009 here.