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2012 ALA Media Awards

January 29, 2012

This past Monday, January 23, at ALA’s Midwinter Conference, the Media Book Awards were announced for the best in category for children’s and YA books from 2011.

Every year I try to play a game of selection by seeing if I’ve already included some of the winning titles in my library.  This year I was able to be a part of the audience and hear the announcements live…so here they are!

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


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Where Things Come Back


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

The Returning

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

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


Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Breaking Stalin's Nose

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


A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Ball for Daisy


Blackout by John Rocco


Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green

Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell


Coretta Scott King Award for the most distinguished work of an African American author and illustrator

Author Award

Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Author Honor

Eloise Greenfield, The Great Migration: Journey to the North

 The Great Migration: Journey to the North   [GRT MIGRATION] [Hardcover]

Illustrator Award

Shane W. Evans, illustrator of  Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom


Illustrator Honor

Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

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