Charlotte Zolotow Award

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center has announced the winner of the 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award given for outstanding writing in a picture book.

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham


Five honor books were also named:


How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz,

How Mama Brought the Spring by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Holly Berry

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa,

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford


The 2009 Zolotow Award committee also cited eight titles as Highly Commended:

The Butter Man by Elizabeth Alalou and Ali Alalou, illustrated by Julie Klear Essakalli

The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato, illustrated by Delphine Durand

The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill, illustrated by Russell Ayto

Dance with Me by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley

Growing Up with Tamales = Los tamales de Ana by Gwendolyn Zepeda, illustrated by April Ward, Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Hen Hears Gossip by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Joung Un Kim

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

2009 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

Whoopsie!  I posted about the 2008 award winners earlier today by mistake.  The mistake made even worse by the fact that I got an email telling me the right titles before I even started my post.  Ah well.

So here are the 2009 Award Winners:

Younger Readers

As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Raul Colon.

Older Readers

Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse

Teen Readers

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti