2013 Award Winners

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Caldecott Award
This is not my hat – J. Klassen
A follow-up to the award-winning I Want My Hat Back follows the antics of a tiny fish who wears a perfectly fitting round blue hat while trying to avoid an enormous sleeping fish.

Creepy carrots! – Aaron Reynolds
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Extra yarn – Mac Barnett and J. Klassen
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

Green – Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

One cool friend - Toni Buzzeo
Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

Sleep like a tiger – Mary Logue
At bedtime a young girl asks “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”.

Newbery Award

The one and only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Splendors and glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz
When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

Three times lucky – Sheila Turnage
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.

Each Kindness – by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Earl B. Lewis
After their teacher Ms. Albert gives a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong — they’ve been relentlessly cruel to new student Maya, making fun of her shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. But has Chloe learned her lesson too late? This gorgeously illustrated, quiet, and realistically melancholy story delivers its message gently yet indelibly, bringing home the full emotional impact of having missed one’s final chance to make up for hurting someone else. For another honest look at kid-level relationship dynamics, check out Mary Ann Rodman’s My Best Friend, also illustrated by Earl B. Lewis.

No crystal stair - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
A fictionalized biography of the bookseller and civil rights activist who owned the African National Memorial Bookstore in Harlem, New York City.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

I, too, am America – Langston Hughes
Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.

H.O.R.S.E – Christopher Myers
“Two friends try to outdo each other on the basketball court in an out-of-this-world game of H.O.R.S.E”–.

A 50th anniversary tribute to the Civil Rights leader and the inspirational speech he delivered in August of 1963 combines magnificent artwork by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of Henry’s Freedom Box with the actual text from one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. Includes a CD of Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his famous speech.

Michael L. Printz Award

In Darkness – by Nick Lake
Fiction. In this book that Kirkus Reviews calls “engrossing, disturbing, illuminating” and “a journey well worth taking,” readers meet Shorty, a young Haitian man who is trapped in the ruins of a hospital after the devastating 2010 earthquake, waiting for someone — anyone — to come to his rescue. As he thinks about the events that led him there, we learn Shorty’s story, which alternates with that of 19th-century slave Toussaint L’Ouverture, the leader of the revolution that ousted the French and established Haiti as a black republic. Brutal yet mesmerizing, this novel weaves Haiti’s past and present together brilliantly and is certain to provoke both thought and discussion.

Code Name Verity – by Elizabeth Wein
Historical Spy Thriller. After crash-landing in France in 1943 and being captured by Nazis, a female wireless operator for the British (who goes by Queenie, Eva, Verity, and various other aliases) reveals bits of code in exchange for reprieve from torture…and to postpone her execution. Woven into Verity’s confession is a powerful, gritty tale of war, friendship, espionage, and great courage — one that reviewers describe as “gut-wrenching” (Booklist), “downright sizzling” (Horn Book), “heartbreaking” (VOYA), and “unforgettable” (Kirkus Reviews).

Dodger – by Terry Pratchett
Historical Fiction. Late one rainy night in Victorian-era London, 17-year-old Dodger (a street urchin who makes his living scavenging in the city’s sewers) witnesses a young lady being held against her will. A noble sort, Dodger rescues the girl — and from there, his story takes many unexpected turns, including some that involve famous historical figures and fictional characters from the period (such as Charles Dickens and Sweeney Todd). A ripping good tale filled with dry humor, unusual characters, and great descriptions of Victorian London, Dodger is a bit different from Terry Pratchett’s other novels but no less enjoyable — especially for readers who enjoy a clever turn of phrase.

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

The white bicycle – Beverley Brenna
A young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome travels to the south of France with her mother and friends and strives for independence. This is a story about life, obstacles and ultimately, the dignity found in the search for independence.

Schneider Family Book Award

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters. 650:.

A dog called Homeless – Sarah Lean
Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.

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