Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Book Awards Announced This Morning

I'll highlight the Newbery and Caldecott winners in this post, but be sure to go here for the complete list of award winners.

Winner of the 2012 John Newbery Medal:
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
I haven't read this book yet. In fact, I've never read anything by this author. I need to rectify that.

Winner of the 2012 Newbery Honor:

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
I'm so glad this book at least got the Newbery Honor. I loved it. You can read my review here.

Winner of the 2012 Newbery Honor:

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
This one went completely under my radar.

Winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal:
A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka
I haven't read this one, so all I can say about it right now is that the cover looks cute. 
My library doesn't have it.

Winner of the 2012 Caldecott Honor:
Blackout by John Rocco
Beautifully illustrated story of a family in the city when the power goes out and how that event brings them together. My girls love reading this.

Winner of the 2012 Caldecott Honor:
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Sweet story where the topiaries tell the story of a Grandpa who's losing his memory.
My young children didn't fully appreciate it, but I loved it.

Winner of the 2012 Caldecott Honor:

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
I own this one, and my girls love it. (I do too.)
It's the story of Jane Goodall as a young girl.

I have ordered the books I haven't read from the library, which had everything except A Ball For Daisy.


  1. I was very happy with the Caldecott selections. A BALL FOR DAISY is an amazing wordless picture book. I’m under-read in the other categories. Must raid library soon!

  2. There are many titles I haven't read on that linked ALA list, too, so the raid is in progress on my end - at least I now have several on hold at the library and it doesn't look like there's anyone before me on the list.

  3. I've been stuck in jury duty, so this was the first time I saw the list! I've only read BLACKOUT, which I got from the Cybils finalists, and Grandpa Green, which I read with my son and we loved.

    I'll summon the rest from my library, I guess!

  4. I've never had the "joy" of jury duty. It doesn't sound like much fun.

    I have mine waiting for me at the library as I type this tonight.