"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
"A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions." —School Library Journal, starred review
While of course everybody knows the Newbery and Caldecott, there are many, many awards that are bestowed on children's books, and every one helps get books into the hands of more children. The accumulation of notices helps each book find its way. Congratulations to our many books and authors whose books have been recognized in many ways!
PALACE BEAUTIFUL, by Sarah Williams, is a nominee for the 2012-2013 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Award. The winner won't be announced until 2013, but you can read more about it here.
BLACK RADISHES, by Susan Meyer, is on the 2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award short list. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.
STARCROSSED, by Elizabeth Bunce, has been nominated for the South Carolina state Young Adult Book Award for 2012-2013. Plus, her LIAR'S MOON is a 2012 Kansas Notable Book from the Kansas Center for the Book. This is Elizabeth's third Kansas Notable designation, putting her in a very elite league of writers!
- won the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice award.
- was selected by the children of Colorado as the outstanding picture book of 2012.
- has been nominated for the 2013 Bluestem Award sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. Illinois students will vote for their favorite in March 2013.
- won the 2012 Children's Crown Award.
- has been selected for the 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award master list for grades 6-8! This is a great reading list with good participation throughout the state of Florida.
- is also on the Prairie Pasque master list (although the 2012-2013 list hasn't posted yet).
- was named to the Arkansas State Reading List -- The Arkansas Diamond Primary Award.
- has been nominated for the 2012-13 Camellia Award (Alabama's State Reading Award) in the Grades 2-3 Category. The Alabama Camellia Award is given annually by the Alabama State Department of Education. For more information, visit here.
STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray:
- is on the 2012 Texas 2x2 Reading List (for ages 2 to grade 2). For more information about this reading list and to see the full list of titles announced, visit here.
- won as Honor Book Recipient for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award at the Indie Choice Awards.
- was nominated for the Arkansas Teen Book Award.
- has been named to the ELIOT ROSEWATER LIST in Indiana. Here is a full list of nominees.
- was selected as one of the books for the Spartenburg Reads program in South Carolina, so 500 kids have been reading it over the summer.
- has been added to the master list for the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award 2012-2013.
- has been named a 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. The Notable Trade Books for Young People list is published each year as an insert to the May/June issue of Social Education.
- is one of twenty nominees up for the Georgia state Book Award for Middle-Grade. The final list of 20 nominees are selected by a committee of teachers and media specialists. In March 2013, students across the state will vote on which books they think should win for the individual categories. The winners and will be announced in April 2013.
- has been named to the Kansas Reading Circle list of the best children's books of last year. Since 1926 KNEA has published a list of books by reading level as a service for school librarians and classroom teachers.
- has been named a Highly Commended Book in the Southeast Asian Book Awards.
- has been named the sole Honor Book in the Fiction category for the SCBWI's annual Golden Kite Awards. The winner in the category was Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.
- is on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List for the Week Ending May 20, 2012.
- is on the SLJ's Heavy Medal blog's 2013 Newbery Reading list.
- won the California Book Award in the juvenile categoryis the Mid-Grade Book of the Year for the NCIBA.
- has been selected by the California Library Association to receive its prestigious Beatty Award. The award will be given during the annual California Library Association conference that will be held in San José, CA, November 2-4, 2012.
Chris Barton is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, Middle School division, by the Texas Library Association.
Jennifer Ziegler is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, high school division, by the Texas Library Association.
Additionally, EMLA is proud to have multiple titles receive the following recognition:
The Bank Street College of Education's list of 2012 Best Books of the Year included FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray, NOODLE AND LOU, by Liz Garton Scanlon, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS, by Audrey Vernick, THE UNFORGETTABLE SEASON, by Phil Bildner, THE GREAT MIGRATION, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, THE QUEEN OF WATER, by Laura Resau and Maria-Virginia Farinango, WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy, and FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray.
The 2011 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty or so titles list included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, by Joanne Rocklin, and CAN I SEE YOUR ID?: TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES, by Chris Barton.
CCBC Choices 2012, the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING, by Joanne Rocklin, DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS, by Duncan Tonatiuh, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, and WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy. A complete list of the Choices 2012 titles is available here.
The 2012 ABC Best Books for Children catalog included Jean Reidy's TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS; Deborah Underwood's THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK; Robin LaFevers's GRAVE MERCY; Lynda Mullaly Hunt's ONE FOR THE MURPHYS; Jennnifer A. Nielsen's THE FALSE PRINCE; and Mary Lyn Ray's STARS.
The new ALA-Children's Book Council's Summer Reading List published on OPRAH.COM included Mary Lyn Ray's STARS, Deborah Underwood's THE QUIET BOOK, Elizabeth C. Bunce's STARCROSSED, and Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango's THE QUEEN OF WATER.
The influential awards from the Texas Library Association have not yet been announced for 2013, but we're very pleased to have the following books on the following discussion lists:
Congratulations to all!
—Erin and Joan