Category: Awards

The National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  The five finalists will be announced on October 15th with the winner named on November 19th at the National Book Awards ceremony.  Here are the ten titles on the longlist:

100 Sideways Miles brown girl dreaming Girls Like Us

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Greenglass House The Impossible Knife of Memory Noggin

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Revolution

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steven Sheinkin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Skink--No Surrender Threatened

Skink – No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Cybils Call for Judges


Another year of the Cybils is upon us!  Time to start going through your lists of favorites for the year and coming up with awesome nominations for the best books.  But before the nominations open, there is the annual call for judges!

If you are a blogger, this is a great way to get involved with the larger kid-lit online community.  It’s also a great way to read books that you missed and debate books with others who are just as passionate as you are.

Join in the fun, you will be glad you did!

2014 South Asia Book Awards

Author and blogger extraordinaire Mitali Perkins has the announcement of the South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.  Here are the honorees:



A Moment Comes Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby



Bye, Bye, Motabhai! 16290039

Bye, Bye, Motabhai! by Kala Sambasivan, illustrated by Ambika Sambasivan

Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty

The Garden of My Imaan Mother Teresa: Saint of the Slums: Campfire Biography-Heroes Line

The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia

Mother Teresa: Angel of the Slums by Lewis Helfand, art by Sachin Nagar



The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna Gobble You Up! In Andal's House

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna written and illustrated by Demi

Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf, art by Sunita

In Andal’s House by Gloria Whelan, illustrations by Amanda Hall

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah Torn

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman

Torn by David Massey

Booktrust Best Book Awards

The winners of the new Booktrust Best Book Awards have been announced.  The winners were selected by 12,000 schoolchildren in the UK, selecting titles from shortlisted titles in six categories.  Here are the winners in each category:


Peck, Peck, Peck

Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins



Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis



Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney



Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body

Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body by Doctor Chris and Xand van Tulleken



The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The longlist for the 2014 Guardian Children’s Prize has been announced.  This UK prize has a list of books that are in stark contrast with the recent dark pick for the Carnegie Medal.  The shortlist will be announced in August with the winner announced on November 13th.

Here is the longlist:

The Dark Wild Flora in Love (The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby, #2) Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

The Dark Wild by Piers Torday

The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby: Flora in Love by Natasha Farrant

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The Lost Gods Phoenix She Is Not Invisible

The Lost Gods by Francesca Simon

Phoenix by SF Said

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Shine We Were Liars

Shine by Candy Gourlay

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The winners of the 2014 IRA Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards have been announced.  The award focuses on debut authors, considering only the first and second books by an author.  The authors must show early and “unusual promise in the children’s and young adults’ book field.”



Dear Santasaurus

Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Jef Kaminsky


17822894 16277528 Open This Little Book

Digby Differs by Miriam Koch

Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship by Tania Grossinger

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee



War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus

War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus by Kathryn Selbert



Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff


Paperboy  The Water Castle

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore



Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comic by Brian McLachlan



Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Absent The Tragedy Paper

Absent by Katie Williams

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

The winners of the 2014 Cilip Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Bunker Diary 13531024

The medals are the oldest children’s book awards and are voted on by librarians in the UK.  The Carnegie Medal is given to one outstanding book for children or young adults.  This year’s winner is Kevin Brooks for The Bunker Diary.  Brooks, author of ten teen novels, has been shortlisted for the medal three times before.

The Kate Greenaway Medal for excellence in illustration in a book for children was awarded to Jon Klassen for This Is Not My Hat.  Klassen becomes the first Canadian to win the award.  He was nominated for two titles in this year’s short list. 


The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College has released their list of the best children’s books of the year for 2014.  The list takes into consideration literary quality, presentation quality and emotional impact.    Additional characteristics are also examined such as characterization, setting, plot, and diversity.

The list is broken into different categories.  The links below will lead to pdf versions of the list:

Timing of the lists is great for summer reading for children.  And the lists are wonderfully deep and long with lots to choose from.  Enjoy!

2014 Golden Kite Winners


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has announced the winners of their 2014 Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards.  Here are the winners:

Sophie's Squash Forest Has a Song: Poems

Picture Book Text Winner:  Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

Picture Book Text Honor:  Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Niño Wrestles the World

Picture Book Illustration Winner:  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Picture Book Illustration Honor:  Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales


Better Nate Than Ever Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)

Fiction WinnerBetter Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Fiction Honor:  Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein


Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure 17165899

Nonfiction Winner:  Call of the Klondike by David Meissner

Nonfiction Honor:  The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela Turner


Openly Straight

Sid Fleischman Humor Award:  Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Benny and the Binky Sam's Cookie

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize is the largest monetary prize in children’s literature.  This year’s prize when to Swedish author, Barbro Lindgren.  Here is more information from the New York Times article:

In its citation, the 12-member prize jury called her “a literary pioneer” and praised her adventurous use of language and the psychological nuance of her writing. “She has reinvented not only the picture book for the very young,” the citation reads, “but also the absurd prose story, the existential children’s poem, and realistic fiction for young adults. With perfect pitch, she presents to us both playful shenanigans and moments of bright joy, the inscrutable nature of life and the nearness of death.”


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