Category: Awards

2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners have been announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Here they are:

GOLD MEDALISTS

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Anna and the Swallow Man

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

SILVER MEDALISTS

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Dreidels on the Brain A Poem for Peter

Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

 

Costa Book Award Winner Announced

The Bombs That Brought Us Together

The winner of the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award is Brian Conaghan for The Bombs That Brought Us Together.

The Guardian offers this about Conaghan:

Children’s book winner Brian Conaghan, who won with The Bombs That Brought Us Together, offers hope to unpublished writers with piles of rejection slips from literary agents and publishers, having received more than 200 refusals for his debut When Mr Dog Bites, which was published in 2014. The book went on to be shortlisted for the Carnegie medal.

Years as a frustrated unpublished writer had strengthened him, Conaghan told the Scottish Book Trust last year. “I spent years getting rejection after rejection – basically being told my work was rank rotten – so I’m pretty immune to reviews good or bad,” he said. His latest book was described by Costa judges as “a necessary take on modern life in extraordinary circumstances”.

Cybils Finalists Announced

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The finalists for the 2016 Cybils Awards have been announced. The Cybils are awards for children’s and teen books that judge the merits of books based both on quality and appeal to the target age. You can see the finalist list here.

I am so pleased to once again be part of the Cybils, serving this year as a 2nd round judge for Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. Now I’ve got to get reading!

 

2016 GoodReads Choice Winners

GoodReads has announced the winners of their annual voting for the top book in a variety of categories. Here are the winners of the categories for books for children and teens:

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 

MIDDLE GRADE AND CHILDREN’S

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

 

PICTURE BOOKS

The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25)

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems