January 2016: Award Winners

January 2016
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature


Matt De La Pena
Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
If this book looks familiar, it might be because we featured it as one of our Holiday Picks 2015!
CJ and his Nana take the crosstown bus to Market Street. Along the way, CJ notes all the things he wishes he had, would rather be doing, or thinks should be different. Each time, Nana reminds him to look harder and notice the good things around him. By the time the two reach Market Street, CJ and the reader have learned to look twice at the world around them and find the beautiful. Last Stop on Market Street is a masterpiece and will be enjoyed by all ages.
Newbery Honor books
Comes highly recommended from students in the Morse Pond Book Clubs! A Falmouth librarian favorite!
Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015

Also a Falmouth librarian favorite!

Echo is three stories of three musicians woven into a fairy tale of three sisters who must save a soul from death's door. The stories and the fairy tale are connected by a harmonica. Friedrich finds the harmonica in Germany. The year is 1933 and everything safe in Friedrich's world is falling apart. In the second story, the harmonica provides much needed hope for Mike and his brother Frankie, orphans in Depression-Era Pennsylvania. Finally, Iva Maria Lopez discovers her own musical talents in Southern California just after the US has entered World War II. Ryan does not shy away from the horrors infusing each of these settings: anti-Semitism, poverty, segregation, internment camps, fear, hatred. Nevertheless, each story is punctuated with music and with music comes the message of hope.


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children


Lindsay Mattick
Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers




Caldecott Honor books
  Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015
Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015

Waiting is a quiet book. Each of the figurines standing in the window is waiting for something: the moon, the rain, the wind, the snow. Sometimes they have visitors. Sometimes one of them goes away. They each wait patiently, enjoying the world outside the window. When a new friend comes, it turns out she is waiting for something entirely different: something that will surprise them all. Enjoy this book with a thoughtful reader.



Coretta Scott King Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award


Rita Williams-Garcia


Amistad Press



Honor books


Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015  


All American Boys is an unflinching examination of policy brutality in today's America. Told from alternating perspectives by the black boy - assumed to have been shoplifting and beaten so badly by a cop that he spends weeks in the hospital - and the white boy - best friend of the cop's brother, who saw the whole thing go down. The book adeptly handles anger and frustration as well as uncertainty and the fear of speaking up. Read this one as a family.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Troy Andrews
Brian Collier (illustrator)

Harry N. Abrams


Honor books
  Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award


Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children's author Virginia Hamilton.


Jerry Pinkney's illustrations detail a world that resonates with readers long after the pages of a book have been turned. His five decades of work offer compelling artistic insights into the legacy of African American storytelling and experience. Beyond Pinkney's technical brilliance, his support of differentiated learning through art and of young illustrators sets him apart as both artist and educator. His powerful illustrations have redefined the scope of the sophisticated picture book and its use with multiple levels of learners.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
The 2016 winner is Jerry Pinkney, whose award-winning works include "The Lion and the Mouse," recipient of the Caldecott Award in 2010. In addition, Pinkney has received five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors.    



Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults


 Laura Ruby


Balzer + Bray, HarperTeen





Honor books 




Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
Picture book
Laurie Thompson
Sean Qualls (illustrator)
Schwartz & Wade Books
Middle Grade books
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Nancy Paulsen Books 
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial Books
Young Adult book
Teresa Toten
Delacorte Press
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. 



Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:
Beatrice Alemagna
Enchanted Lion Books







Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Margarita Engle


Rafael Lopez


Harcourt Brace and Company
Pura Belpré (Author) Award
Margarite Engle
Edel Rodriguez
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:


Duncan Tonatiuh


Abrams Books for Young Readers





Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:


Alex Gino
Scholastic Press
Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015

George knows that she is a girl. She has known this since she was very young, but in the eyes of the people around her, even those closest to her, she is a boy. A fourth grade production of Charlotte's Web is the catalyst she needs for her journey outward to live as her true self. George desperately wants to play the part of Charlotte, a character with which she strongly identifies. Her best friend encourages her, but her mother, teacher, and classmates need a bit more convincing before they can be truly supportive.
George is a beautiful and poignant portrayal of growing up different.


Bill Konigsberg
Scholastic Press  
Honor Books
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:


David Adler


Sam Ricks


Penguin Young Readers




Honor Books


    Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:


Becky Albertalli
Balzer + Bray
Eight Cousins Holiday Pick 2015
At first glance, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda might seem like a typical secret identity romance story. Simon has been exchanging emails with a guy at school. They aren't quite ready to meet in person, or even share their names, but feelings are developing. When one of the emails falls into the wrong hands, Simon has to choose between reluctantly 'wing-maning' a hopeless classmate or having his private life put on display. It's the cast of characters, including Simon's friends and his well-meaning but awkward parents that makes this book stand out.


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
Steve Sheinkin


Roaring Brook Press