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The ALA Book Awards 2009

by | Jan 26, 2009 | Blog | 3 comments

Okay so the Newbery and Caldecott are probably the two most recognizable, but there are some other awards also including the Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award and Geisel Award (Dr. Suess) and those are the one’s I listed. To see a more complete list click the ALA link here.

Honestly, I have not read a single one, is that a bad thing? At least I have a great list of books to choose from. I have read other books by some of the authors so at least I recognize several of them – like good ‘ole Mo Willems, Jacqueline Woodson and Marla Frazee (the author of Santa Claus Worlds Number One Toy Expert one of my favories and of course Terry Pratchett. Do you recognize any titles or authors? If not which book sounds the most interesting.

Newbery Award

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small
  • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, by Margarita Engle
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Caldecott Medal

  • Beth Krommes, illustrator of “The House in the Night,” written by Susan Marie Swanson

Caldecott Honor Books

  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
  • How I Learned Geography,” written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

  • Melina Marchetta, author of “Jellicoe Road

Printz Honor Books

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” by E. Lockhart
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.

  • Are You Ready to Play Outside? written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Geisel Honor Books

  • Chicken said, ‘Cluck!'” by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell
  • One Boy,” written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Stinky,” written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis
  • Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell, with photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

  • Author winner – We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the King Author Book winner.
  • Illustrator Winner – The Blacker the Berry illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas

Three King Author Honor Books

  • The Blacker the Berry,” by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
  • Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Three Illustrator Honor Books

  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  • The Moon Over Star” by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney


  1. cindy

    eeeee! go neil! =D
    thanks so much for stopping by and
    commenting on my blog. i am clueless
    with PB but i’m having a lot of fun painting
    it–so your words were very encouraging.


  2. Britt

    Hmmm, I haven’t read any of them either. Not overly surprising on the Newberrys, but we do read picture books around here. 🙂

    I’ll have to add the Newberrys to my list…. (Not that I’ll ever read them all, but hey.)

  3. caribookscoops

    cindy – thanks for coming over here. I will have to check out that Newbery winner

    Britt – I tend to drag my feet on reading Newberys, but generally I like them. This year I’m more interested because there are several fantasy books – and I love fantasy.


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