News, Awards, and Announcements

With the 2012 spring reading season approaching full bloom, the first major cycle of children’s literature awards is upon us.

Topping the news is the conferral of the prestigious ALSC Book and Media Awards. Among the winners were Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, which received the John Newbery Medal for best new work of children’s literature, and A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, which took home the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best illustrated children’s book.

Overseas, the UK’s CILIP has announced its shortlists for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, two major awards recognizing the finest in children’s literature and illustration. The winners will be announced on June 14th.

Speaking of shortlists, the Canadian Library Association disclosed the contenders for its three childrens’ literature awards, which will be conferred at the CLA Conference on May 31st. Among the nominees are several Deakin-reviewed titles, including Joy Ang’s The Qalupalik for best illustrated children’s book, Kelly Armstrong’s The Gathering and Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavour (reviewed by T. Chatterley in this issue) for best young adult book, and Rachna Gilmore’s That Boy Red for book of the year.

Finally, the International Board on Books for Youth (IBBY) has been busy preparing its 2012 lists of the best children’s and young adult books. IBBY Canada announced its Honours List of five titles at the end of 2011, and USBBY (the U.S. national section of IBBY) announced its list of 36 Outstanding International Books early this year. Among the latter list are several Canadian titles, including the Deakin-reviewed Ten Birds by Cybèle Young.