2011 Youth Media Award Winners

Here are two conversations that took place in my library:

8:20 a.m.

5th grader: "Mr. Schu, why are you pacing around the library?"

Me: "Today is the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for BOOKS. We find out the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Geisel Award."

5th grader: "Do you think you read all the winners?"

Me: "I read a lot last year. I hope so!"

5th grader: "Good luck, Mr. Schu!"

Me: Thank you!"

3:30 p.m.

5th grader: "Which book won the Newbery Award?

Me: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

5th grader: "I've never heard of it. Have you read it?"

Me: "I read 50 pages of it a few months ago."

5th grader: "Don't feel bad. You should go home and read."

Me: Thanks! I'm excited to read Moon Over Manifest.

Did you watch the webcast of the Youth Media Awards with your students/patrons? We played it for a group of students. I enjoyed seeing their reactions to the winners and answering their questions about the various awards.

Many of the 2011 winners have book trailers. I included a couple author interviews, too. To see the complete list of winners, visit ALA.org.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Bink and Gollie by Kate Dicamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucilie

Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

Newbery Honor: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of The Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen

Steptoe Author Winner: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Sibert Medal: Kakapo Resuce: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop

Belpre Author Award: The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan


  1. love, love, love the student conversation - particularly that the student came back to ask at the end of the day. :)

    Thanks for sharing all of these fabulous resources on one page. I'm not teaching the children's literature course that I usually teach this semester, and it makes me wish I was.

  2. What a fabulous blog.You have made me run to our local library looking for books you recommend. Our local library is going to buy "The Unfinished Angel", and I have purchased 6 books from the awards list, plus some others!


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