For those of us in the children’s book world, today is a little bit like the Academy Awards. The American Library Association has announced their 2007 awards, including the two biggies: The Newbury and the Caldecott. There is always much discussion about whether or not the choices reflect the reality of what young readers are actually excited about. I’m sure there will be lots of fodder for discussion, but I have to say, there are some awesome books on this list. Some of my favorites of the year, in fact…..


John Newbery Medal Winner

Higher Power
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
978-1416901945, Simon & Schuster


Newbery Honor Books

Newbury Honors
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
978-0375836879, Random House

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
978-0385733137, Random House

Rules by Cynthia Lord
978-0439443821, Scholastic


Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner


Flotsam by David Wiesner
978-0618194575, Clarion Books


Caldecott Honor Books

Caldecott Honor

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, written and illustrated by David McLimans
978-0802795632, Walker

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
978-0786851751, Hyperion


Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award

Team Moon

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
978-0618507573, Houghton Mifflin

Siebert Honor Books

Siebert Honor

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement written by Ann Bausum
978-0792241744, National Geographic

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
978-0618496419, Houghton Mifflin

To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel
978-1416926870, Simon & Schuster


The Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
978-0689821813, Simon & Schuster

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson
978-0786851751, Hyperion


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Standing Against the Wind

Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones
978-0374371746, Farrar, Straus & Giroux


The Printz Award [for Literary Excellence]:

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
978-1596431522, First Second/Roaring Brook


Printz Honor Books:

Printz Honor

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
978-0763624026, Candlewick Press

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
978-0525476887, Dutton/Penguin

Surrender (Candlewick) by Sonya Hartnett
978-0763627683, Candlewick Press

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
978-0375831003, Knopf/Random House



ALEX awards (Cross-over adult titles for teens):

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books that will appeal to teen readers to receive the 2007 Alex Awards.

The 2007 Alex Awards are:

  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly; Simon & Schuster/Atria. (0743298853)
  • The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig; Harcourt. (0151012377)
  • Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso; Bloomsbury. (1582346232)
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; Algonquin. (1565124995)
  • Color of the Sea by John Hamamura; Thomas Dunne. (0312340737)
  • The Floor of the Sky Pamela Carter Joern; University of Nebraska. (0803276311)
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis; Norton. (0393061239)
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell; Random House. (1400063795)
  • The World Made Straight by Ron Rash; Henry Holt. (0805078665)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield; Simon & Schuster/Atria. (0743298020)


Mararet A Edwards Award (Lifetime Achievement):

Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver,” is the recipient of the 2007 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens.



There are a number of other awards also given away, and I encourage you to check them all out.

See the press releases on all the ALA awards here.