Newbery, Caldecott awards announced, coming to library waitlists near you
Jon Klassen's "This Is Not My Hat" won the 75-year-old Caldecott Medal for illustration.
January 28th, 2013
04:09 PM ET

Newbery, Caldecott awards announced, coming to library waitlists near you

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

Courtesy American Library Association(CNN) – The latest round of books you'll be seeing in your kid's backpack and waiting for at the library was announced Monday. That is, the American Library Association named the winners of its annual youth media awards, including its oldest and best-known prizes, the Newbery and Caldecott medals.

The Newbery Medal went to “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. It's a fictional story about Ivan, a real-life gorilla who lived for years in a cage in a circus-themed mall before moving to Zoo Atlanta in 1994.


In its 75th years, the Caldecott Medal went to “This Is Not My Hat," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. It's the story of a little fish who tries to get away with the hat of a much larger fish. Klassen also illustrated the Caldecott honor book, "Extra Yarn."




"Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon," by Steve Sheinkin and "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, also received multiple honors from the library association on Monday. Katherine Paterson, author of "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved," received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for "substantial and lasting" contributions to children's literature. Tamora Pierce, author of "The Song of the Lioness," won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

The award announcements lit up Twitter as teachers and librarians streamed the awards announcement live, and classes watched to see how their  mock Caldecott and Newbery votes held up.

The awards are big business, too, meaning prominent placement for winners on bookstore and library displays.

“Receiving a Caldecott Medal practically guarantees that the winning title will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for decades to come,” the library association posted on its website.

Here’s a list of winners:

John Newbery Medal for "most outstanding contribution to children's literature":

"The One and Only Ivan," written by Katherine Applegate

Honor books

"Splendors and Glooms," by Laura Amy Schlitz

"Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon," by Steve Sheinkin

"Three Times Lucky," by Sheila Turnage

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the "most distinguished American picture book for children":

"This Is Not My Hat," illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

Honor books

"Creepy Carrots!" illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds

"Extra Yarn," illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett

"Green," illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

"One Cool Friend," illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo

"Sleep Like a Tiger," illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue

Coretta Scott King  awards for an African-American author and illustrator:

Author award: "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America," written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Illustrator award: "I, Too, Am America," illustrated by Bryan Collier with text by Langston Hughes

Honor books

Author: "Each Kindness," by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Author: "No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller," by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Illustrator: "H. O. R. S. E.," illustrated and written by Christopher Myers

Illustrator: "Ellen's Broom," illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Illustrator: "I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.," illustrated by Kadir Nelson, with text by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pura Belpré awards for a Latino writer and illustrator "whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience":

Illustrator: "Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert," illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt

Author: "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor book

Author: "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" by Sonia Manzano

Stonewall Book Award, the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award for "books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience":

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor books

"Drama," written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

"Gone, Gone, Gone," written by Hannah Moskowitz

"October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," written by Leslea Newman

"Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie," written by S. J. Adams

Schneider Family Book Award for "books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience":

For ages zero to 10: "Back to Front and Upside Down!" written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

For ages 11 to 13: "A Dog Called Homeless," written by Sarah Lean

For ages 13 to 18: "Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am," written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Michael L. Printz Award for "excellence in literature written for young adults":

"In Darkness," written by Nick Lake

Honor books

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

"Code Name Verity," by Elizabeth Wein

"Dodger," by Terry Pratchett

"The White Bicycle," by Beverley Brenna

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning reader book:

"Up, Tall and High!" written and illustrated by Ethan Long

Honor books

"Let's Go for a Drive!" written and illustrated by Mo Willems

"Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons," by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean

"Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover," written and illustrated by Cece Bell

William C. Morris Award for "a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens":

"Seraphina," written by Rachel Hartman


"Wonder Show," written by Hannah Barnaby

"Love and Other Perishable Items," written by Laura Buzo

"After the Snow," written by S. D. Crockett

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post," written by emily m. danforth

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for informational books for children:

"Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon," written by Steve Sheinkin

Honor books

"Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin," written and illustrated by Robert Byrd

"Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95," written by Phillip M. Hoose

"Titanic: Voices from the Disaster," written by Deborah Hopkinson

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 

"Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon," written by Steve Sheinkin


"Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different," written by Karen Blumenthal

"Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95," written by Phillip Hoose

"Titanic: Voices from the Disaster," written by Deborah Hopkinson

"We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March," written by Cynthia Levinson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for a book published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

"My Family for the War," originally published in Germany in 2007 as "Liverpool Street," written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel.

Honor books

"A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return," written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin

“Son of a Gun," written and translated by Anne de Graaf

Odyssey Award for audiobooks:

"The Fault in Our Stars," produced by Brilliance Audio,  written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd

Honor audiobooks

"Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian," produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker

"Ghost Knight," produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill

"Monstrous Beauty," produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Andrew Carnegie Medal for children's video:

Katja Torneman, producer of "Anna, Emma and the Condors"

Alex Awards for 10 adult books that appeal to teens:

"Caring is Creepy," by David Zimmerman

"Girlchild," by Tupelo Hassman

"Juvenile in Justice," by Richard Ross

"Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," by Robin Sloan

"My Friend Dahmer," by Derf Backderf

"One Shot at Forever," by Chris Ballard

"Pure," by Julianna Baggott

"The Round House," by Louise Erdrich

"Tell the Wolves I'm Home," by Carol Rifka Brunt

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple

What are the children's books you remember most? Share your favorites in the comments.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. tarjetasybordes

    is not may hat, am sure

    February 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  2. tarjetasybordes

    is not my hat am sure

    February 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  3. Mrs.57

    Anything illustratred by Garth Williams!! Mr. Dog-The Dog Who Belonged to Himself, Wait Until The Moon Comes Out, The Little Fur Family, all Mrs. Read's books, The Cuckoo Clock (a young orphaned girl goes to live w her maiden aunts who have a magical cuckoo clock into which she is whisked nightly and taught many beautiful lessons by a wise cuckoo, simply beautiful book) and lastly Mrs. Tiggie Winkle by Beatrix Potter.

    February 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
  4. Nina

    I'm looking forward to reading these books–congratulations to all the winners!

    While growing up, my favorite book was Goodnight Moon. I loved the pictures and the sweetness of it. Later, Eloise and Madeleine were my favorites, then on to Nancy Drew, Beany Malone, anything by Isaac the time I was 12 or 13, I'd run the gamut.

    And today? Today I'm reading (again, for the nth time) Catcher in the Rye. Good old JD.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  5. Victor

    This is not my hat is a beautiful book. I was browsing through a bookstore with my 22 year old daughter and we both stopped at the table with the book and read it all through and left with a big smile. Can't wait for grandchildren to read it to them.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:34 am |
  6. Christina Speers

    I bought this book for my daughter and I love it. Oops I mean she loves it ... haha yes that's what I meant to say. I think the best part besides the obvious is the black background. Must've taken all the ink out of print for everyone else when they made this book !!! Wonderful storyline and a true testament to how very few words can be well executed.

    January 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • jgumbrechtcnnCNN

      Ha, Christina, I announced online earlier to my friends and family with children that they would find their future Christmas gifts from me on that list. Only later did I think, "Perhaps I should've said 'gifts for your little ones?' Hm...nah."

      January 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  7. MAF

    "The One and Only Ivan" is simply one of the best books I've ever read. The story is well-constructed and is beautifully written. Run, don't walk to a library or book store near you to get a copy, you will not be disappointed. Congratulations Ms. Applegate on a well-deserved award!

    January 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  8. Dave

    "The One And Only Ivan" is NOT "fictional" as stated in the article. That really happened.

    "This Is Not My Hat" is very funny. "I Want My Hat Back" by the same author is even better.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • jgumbrechtcnnCNN

      Thanks for reading, Dave! Indeed, Ivan was a real gorilla - I saw him many times at Zoo Atlanta, and his background was a grim tale - but as the author explains on her site, "The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies with a true story... all other characters and situations in the novel are entirely the product of my imagination."

      January 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  9. Cordelia

    I like to see the award winners each year because I find them inspiring for my own work at

    January 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  10. laralee

    Old Dame Counterpane !

    January 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm |