2013 Best Children's Books - Newbery and Caldecott Awards

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Two ecstatic people
Yes, feel free to scream!

We have a list of best children's books in 2013!

It's crazy!

Who doesn't love great children's books?

The American Library Association (ALA) made its announcement with the names of the best children's books in a just 5 minutes ago (at time of writing!).

You can find the full list of 2013 children's book awards below.

And, at the end of the post, I will reveal which two awarded books this year have made it on my to-read list!

This lists of awarded books are so useful as they help us find new gems for our kids

But you have to promise not to say anything about my planned book purchases to my kids. Deal?

Now read on for the best children's books in 2013 as selected by ALA on on January 28, 2013.

2013 ALA Children's Book Awards

  • Most outstanding contribution to children's literature (John Newbery Medal):
(author: Katherine Applegate, publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books)

cover page of The One and Only Ivan

Most distinguished American picture book for children (Randolph Caldecott Medal): 

(author and illustrator: Jon Klassem, publisher: Candlewick Press)

cover page This Is Not My Hat


  • Most distinguished informational book for children (Robert F. Sibert Medal):

(author: Steve Sheinkin, publisher: Flash Point)

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon cover page


  • Most distinguished beginning reader book (Theodor Seuss Geisel Award):

(author and illustrator: Ethan Long, publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Up, Tall and High cover page


  • Outstanding children's book translated from a language other than English (Mildred L. Batchelder Award):

(author: Anne C. Voorhoeve, publisher: Dial Books)

My Family for the War cover page


  • Excellence in literature written for young adults (Michael L. Printz Award):
In Darkness 
(author: Nick Lake, publisher: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers)

In Darkness cover page



Best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults (Odyssey Award):

(written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd,
produced by Brilliance Audio)

The Fault in Our Stars cover page


  • African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults (Coretta Scott King [Author] Book Award):

goes to Andrea Davis Pinkney
author of 

(published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books)

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America cover page


  • African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults (Coretta Scott King [Illustrator] Book Award):
goes to Bryan Collier
illustrator of 

(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

I, Too, Am America cover page

  • Books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience (Schneider Family Book Award):

Children ages 0 – 8
(written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Back to Front and Upside Down! book cover


Middle School award 
A Dog Called Homeless
(author: Sarah Lean, publisher: Katherine Tegen Books)

A Dog Called Homeless book cover


Teen award 
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am
(authors: Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis, publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR)

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am book cover

  • Best nonfiction book published for young adults (YALSA Award):
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon 
(author: Steve Sheinkin, publisher: Flash Point)

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon book cover



You must be tempted by these fabulous offerings? I know I am! But, there is more - check out all the youth media awards winners and contenders on the ALA web site.

Oh, yes, and two books that I intend to buy from the awarded group?

My choices are: The One and Only Ivan and the Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon !!



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2 comments:

  1. It was fun to see the winners but I am bummed that Wonder didn't win anything!

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  2. My thoughts exactly!!! I was hoping to see Wonder up there with the other winners!


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