Award Winning Books (Information from ALA.org)



Newberry Awards

2010 and Prior Years

Caldecott Awards

2010 and Prior Years

Coretta Scott King Awards

2010 and Prior Years


2011 John Newberry Medal Winner

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Random House Childrens Books)

Jumping off a train in Kansas to learn more about her father's exciting past, Abilene Tucker is initially disappointed by the run-down Depression town she encounters before finding a hidden box of mementos and letters that mention a spy who played an important role in the town's secret history.


2011 John Newberry Honor Books

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (Random House Childrens Books)

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.


Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (Amulet Books)

In 1841, after he is rescued from a remote island by an American whaler, teenage Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.



Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Illustrations and nighttime-themed poetry celebrate the natural world after dark and describe such subjects as silk-weaving spiders, oak trees that recover from their time in the sun, and a raspberry-leaf-eating porcupette that coos to its mother.



One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad Pr/Harpercollins Childrens Books)

After travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, Delphine and her two sisters discover that their mother, a dedicated poet, wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.



2011 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook/Henry Holt and Co)

Amos McGee, a friendly zoo keeper, always makes time to visit his animal friends, but when he becomes sick and cannot come in to work, the animals pay him a visit instead.



2011 Randolph Caldecott Honor Books

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little Brown & Co)

Presents the life of the nineteenth-century artist from South Carolina known as Dave, a Southern slave who became a renowned potter known for signing his pots with poetry.



Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press)

A tale inspired by a favorite joke follows the antics of a young chicken, whose discomfiting habit of interrupting bedtime stories is corrected in a whimsical and unexpected way.



2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients

Author Award

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad Pr/Harpercollins Childrens Books)

After travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, Delphine and her two sisters discover that their mother, a dedicated poet, wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.



Author Honor Books

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, learns a lesson in making it through hard times from Mr. Hooft, an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.



Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown & Co)

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.



Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty illustrated by Randy DuBurke and written by G. Neri (Lee and Low Books, Inc.)

A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.



Illustrator Award

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little Brown & Co)

Presents the life of the nineteenth-century artist from South Carolina known as Dave, a Southern slave who became a renowned potter known for signing his pots with poetry.



Illustrator Honor Books

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix illustrated by Javaka Steptoe and written by Gary Golio (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

A colorfully illustrated picture book introduction to the legendary musician's childhood reveals how he loved to draw, paint and listen to records while playing air guitar and dreaming about making pictures with music. Illustrated by the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning artist of A Pocketful of Poems.



John Steptoe New Talent Award - Author

Zora and Me written byVictoria Bond and T. R. Simon (Candlewick Press)

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending.



Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler and written by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee and Low Books)

Presents the life of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her efforts to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees.