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2009 Literary Award Winners for Children & Young Adults

Caldecott Award

(Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children)

Caldecott Medal Winner

Swanson, Susan Marie. The House in the Night. Illus. Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin.

Caldecott Honor Books

 Bryant, Jen. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illus. Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Frazee, Marla. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. Harcourt.

Shulevitz, Uri. How I Learned Geography. Farrar Straus Giroux.

Newbery Award
(Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children)

Newbery Medal Winner

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Illus. Dave McKean. HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Newbery Honor Books

Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. Illus David Small. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. Henry Holt and Company LLC.

Law, Ingrid. Savvy. Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Woodson, Jacqueline. After Tupac & D Foster. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Comstock Book Award

(Honors authors and illustrators for the best book to read aloud to children from ages 8-12)

Comstock Award Book

Hopkins, Deborah. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend). Illus. John Hendrix. Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

Comstock Honor Books

Brennan-Nelson, Denise and Rosemarie Brennan. Willow. Illus. Cyd Moore. Sleeping Bear Press, an imprint of Gale.

Faulkner, Matt. A Taste of Colored Water. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Stone,Tanya Lee. Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote. Illus. Rebecca Gibbon. Henry Holt and Company.

Wanda Gág Book Awards

(Honors authors and illustrators for the best book to read aloud to children ages preschool-age 8)

Wanda Gág Award Book

Cutbill, Andy. The Cow That Laid an Egg. Illus. Russell Ayto. HarperCollins Publishers.

Wanda Gág Honor Books

Becker, Bonny. A Visitor for Bear. Illus. Kady MacDonald Denton. Candlewick Press.

Fletcher, Ralph. The Sandman. Illus. Richard Cowdrey. Henry Holt and Company.


Coretta Scott King Awards

(Honors African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults)

Author Award Winner

 Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Author Honor Books

 Smith, Hope Anita. Keeping the Night Watch. Illus. E.B. Lewis. Henry Holt and Company.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. The Blacker the Berry. Illus. Floyd Cooper. Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Becoming Billie Holiday. Illus. Floyd Cooper. Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Illustrator Award Winner

 Thomas, Joyce Carol. The Blacker the Berry. Illus. Floyd Cooper. Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Illustrator Honor Books

Aston, Dianna Hutts. The Moon Over Star. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Before John Was a Jazz Giant. Illus. Sean Qualls. Henry Holt and Company.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

(Awarded to a black author and/or a black illustrator for an outstanding book written at the beginning of the writer or artist’s career)

Author Award Winner

Elliott, Zetta. Bird. Illus. Shadra Strickland. Lee & Low Books.

Pura Belpré Award

(Honors Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books)

Author Award Winner

 Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. Henry Holt and Company LLC.

Author Honor Books

Gonzalez, Lucia. The Storyteller’s Candle. Illus. Lulu Delacre. Children’s Book Press.

Jimenez, Francisco. Reaching Out. Houghton Mifflin Company.

Morales, Yuyi. Just in Case. Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holding Limited Partnership.

Illustrator Award

Morales, Yuyi. Just in Case. Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holding Limited Partnership.

Illustrator Honor Books

Dorros, Arthur. Papá and Me. Illus. Rudy Gutierrez. Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

González, Lucía. The Storyteller’s Candle: La velita de los cuentos. Illus. Lulu Delacre. Children’s Book Press.

Tafolla, Carmen. What Can You do with a Rebozo? Illus. Amy Córdova. Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
(Awarded to an American publisher for the most outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States)

Batchelder Winner

Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. Trans from Japanese by Cathy Hirano. Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic.

Batchelder Honor Book

Hole, Stian. Garmann’s Summer. Trans. from Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Michaelis, Antonia. Tiger Moon. Trans. from German by Anthea Bell. Amulet, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Schneider Family Book Award

(Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences in three age categories)

Ages 0-10

 Parker, Robert Andrew. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum. Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Ages 11-13

Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal. HarperCollins Children’s Books, division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Ages 13-18

 Friesen, Jonathan. Jerk, California. Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award

(Honors an author/illustrator for the most distinguished beginning reader book)

Geisel Award Books

 Willems, Mo. Are You Ready to Play Outside? Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Geisel Honor Books

Campbell, Sarah C. Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator. Photographs by author and Richard P. Campbell. Boyds Mills Press.

Davis, Eleanor. Stinky. The Little Lit Library, division of RAW Junior, LLC.

Grant, Judyann Ackerman. Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’ Illus. Sue Truesdell. HarperCollins Children’s Books, division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. One Boy. Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holding Limited Partnership.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
(Awarded to the author of the most distinguished informational book for children)

Sibert Winner

 Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, imprint of Disney Book Company.

Sibert Honor Books

 Deem, James M. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of The Past. Houghton Mifflin Company.

Kerley, Barbara. What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!Illus. Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic Press, imprint of Scholastic.

Michael L. Printz Award
(Awarded for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature)

Printz Award Winner

           Marchetta, Melina. Jellicoe Road. HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Printz Honor Books

 Anderson, M.T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II, The Kingdom on the Waves. Candlewick Press.

Lanagan, Margo, Tender Morsels. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Pratchett, Terry. Nation. HarperCollins Children’s Books.

William C. Morris Award

(Honors a debut book by a first-time author writing for teens.Celebrates impressive new voices in young adult literature)

Bunce, Elizabeth C. A Curse Dark as Gold. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic.

Andrew Carnegie Medal

(For excellence in children’s video)

Gagne, Paul R. and Melissa Reilly. March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. Weston Woods Studios.

Odyssey Award

(For excellence in audiobook production for children or teens)

Odyssey Award Winner

 Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Recorded Books, LLC.

Odyssey Honor Titles

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. Narr. Mirron Willis. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. Peachtree Publishers.

McMullan, Kate and Jim. I’m Dirty. Narr. Steve Buscemi. Weston Woods Studios/Scholastic.

Meyer, L.A. Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady. Narr. Katherine Kellgren. Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Pratchett, Terry. Nation. Narr. Stephen Briggs. HarperCollins Audio/HarperCollins Publishers.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
(Honors an author or illustrator whose books are published in the United States for substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children)

Ashley Bryan

Margaret A. Edwards Award
(Honors lifetime contribution in writing for young adults) 


Laurie Halse Anderson

May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award
(Each year, an individual of distinction in the field of children's literature is chosen to write and deliver a lecture that will make a significant contribution to the world of children's literature)

Kathleen T. Horning



Compiled by Carol H. Sibley, Curriculum Librarian, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota, from the American Library Association press release, 1/127/09; revised 7/09.