It's that time of year again where the wise powers-that-be reflect on the previous year, trying to ascertain who among the many author and illustrators and which books are particularly deserving of honor or mention. Some years I get to feel really smug, having read many of them and predicting their success. This year? Not so much.
The Edgar Awards
The list of Edgar nominees for 2012 are now out, and I have only read a few of the Juvenile and Young Adult Nominees. The winners will be announced 4/26/2012. For a full list of the nominees, see here.
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (Abrams - Amulet Books)
It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Vanished by Sheela Chari (Disney Book Group - Disney Hyperion)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (Egmont USA)
Best Young Adult
Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin Young Readers Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Penguin Young Readers Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Random House Children's Books - Knopf BFYR)
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Roaring Creek Press)
Kill You Last by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA)
I was also happy to see that Neil Gaiman's "The Case of Death and Honey" - A Study in Sherlock was nominated for best short story, and I can't wait to get my hands on the critical biography Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (SUNY Press).
Youth Media Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards. For the full list of 2012 award winners, see here.
John Newbery Medal
Dead End in Norvelt written by Jack Gantos, published by Farrar Straus Giroux.
Randolph Caldecott Medal
A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Michael L. Printz Award
Where Things Come Back written by John Corey Whaley, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon& Schuster Children’s Publishing.