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2010 Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 18, 2010

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the authors and illustrators who have delivered the most outstanding work. The two most prestigious and well known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Randolph Caldecott Medal. However, there are also many other awards that offer recognition to the deserving and applaud excellence. Each award is carefully judged by a committee of librarians and children’s experts, whom never fail to provide us with a distinguished list of books that are sure to make an impact on our children.

“Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth.  Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.  For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at www.ala.org.” ~ ALA Press Release

John Newbery Medal

Most outstanding contribution to children’s literature .


John Newbery Honor Books

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children.

Randolph Caldecott Honor Books

Michael L. Printz Award

Excellence in literature written for young adults.

Michael L. Printz Honor Books


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.


Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Book


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

  • My People My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor Book


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award


Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

“Walter Dean Myers is the winner of this first-ever Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Myers’ books include: “Amiri & Odette: A Love Story,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “Fallen Angels,” published by Scholastic Press; “Monster,” published by Amistad and HarperTeen, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” published by Scholastic Press.” ~ ALA


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award

Honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Honor Books


Pura Belpré (Author) Award


Pura Belpré (Author) Honor Books

Schneider Family Book Award

Books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

  • Django Django by Bonnie Christensen (winner for young children—ages 0 to 10)

William C. Morris Award

Honors a book written by a first-time author for young adults.

Odyssey Award

For excellence in audiobook production.

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Most distinguished beginning reader book.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

“Jim Murphy is the 2010 Edwards Award winner. His books include: “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” published by Clarion Books; “Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “The Great Fire,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “The Long Road to Gettysburg,” published by Clarion Books; and “A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy,” published by Clarion Books.” ~ ALA

Robert F. Sibert Medal

Most distinguished informational book for children.

Robert F. Sibert Honor Books

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

Andrew Carnegie Medal

Excellence in children’s video.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! written and illustrated by Willems, narrated by Willems and Jon Scieszka, animation by Pete List.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States.

  • A Faraway Island A Faraway Island by Annika Thor and translated by Linda Schenck (originally published in Swedish in 1996 as “En ö i havet”)

Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Books

Alex Awards

10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

  1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  2. The Bride's Farewell The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff
  3. Everything Matters!: A Novel Everything Matters!: A Novel by Jr., Ron Currie
  4. The Good Soldiers The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
  5. The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch
  6. The Magicians: A Novel The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  7. My Abandonment My Abandonment by Peter Rock
  8. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) Soulless by Gail Carriger
  9. Stitches: A Memoir Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
  10. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories (P.S.) Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson

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.

“Lois Lowry will deliver the 2011 lecture. The internationally acclaimed author’s career spans more than 30 years. She is a two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal, in 1990 for “Number the Stars,” set in Denmark during World War II, and in 1994 for the eerily dystopian “The Giver.” Both books are published by Houghton Mifflin.” ~ ALA

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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