And they're out! There are some pleasant surprises and some disappointments for me. Also, there are many books I haven't read yet, so I can't judge them.
My Thoughts: I'm not surprised by The One and Only Ivan. I haven't read it yet, but the hype surrounding it made me consider it as a possible winner. I am, however, disappointed that This is Not My Hat won the Caldecott. I just don't think there's anything that spectacular in this book and all the illustrations are boring and dark. Not many kids at our library have been eager to pick it up. The Fault in Our Stars was a pleasant surprise, especially because it won for audio book. It makes me wish I had listened to it rather than read it. Hand in Hand was no surprise. The Pinkney's are brilliant at what they do. I haven't read any of the others so I can't comment at this time on them.
There are several more awesome awards than what I've listed below, but in the interest of space and time, I didn't list everything. Scroll down for the link to all the awards.
A short summary:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
This is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
In Darkness written by Nick Lake
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt
Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Click HERE to see the full list of all the different awards, their winners and their honor books. I didn't list everything on the blog, so go check it out!