The ALA announced their 2014 awards this week, and there are a lot of them! Here are some of the highlights:
- The Newbery and Caldecott Awards for 2014 go, respectively, to Kate DiCamillo for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and Brian Floca, illustrator of Locomotive. Newbery Honor books for the year are Holly Black’s Doll Bones, Kevin Henkes’ The Year of Billy Miller, Amy Timberlake’s One Came Home, and Vince Vawter’s Paperboy. You can access samples of the Newbery winner and Newbery Honor books here.
- The 2014 Printz Award was given to Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood. Four books received Printz Honor awards: Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell), Kingdom of Little Wounds (Susann Cokal), Maggot Moon (Sally Gardner; illus. by Julian Crouch), and Navigating Early (Clare Vanderpool).
- Markus Zuzak won the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award for “significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens” for his books The Book Thief, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger.
- The Coretta Scott King Awards went to Brian Collier (illustrator of David Beaty’s Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me) and Rita Williams-Garcia (P.S. Be Eleven)
- The Schneider Family Book Awards for “books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience” went to Jen Bryan and Melissa Sweet’s A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin; Merrie Haskell’s Handbook for Dragon Slayers, and Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire.
- And the 2014 Alex Awards, from YALSA, honored 10 “adult books with special appeal to teen readers”:
- Brewster by Mark Slouka
- The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
- Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin
- Help for the Haunted by John Searles
- Lexicon: A Novel by Max Barry
- Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
- Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas
- Relish by Lucy Knisley
- The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay
- The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
There were also awards for feminist books for girls, LBGT books, YA nonfiction, children’s video, and several other subject areas. You can find a full list by scrolling through the ALA press release pages.