Teen Book Awards 2015: The Michael L. Printz Award

If you're looking for a recommended teen book, try one of these. The Michael L. Printz Award is bestowed yearly on books that demonstrate excellence in young adult literature. For more information on this and other awards, check the YALSA Website

2015 Michael L. Printz Winner

I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson

2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Books

And we stay by Jenny Hubbard

Carnival at Bray: a novel by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper jungle by a history by Andrew Smith

Awards for Beginning Reader Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and loveDr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check theALA website.

2015 Award Recipients and Honor Books:

You are (not) small by Anna King ; illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Mr. Putter & Tabby turn the page by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

Robert F. Sibert Medal Awards for Informational Picture Books

The Robert F. Sibert Medal is awarded yearly to an outstanding nonfiction picture book. There are frequently several honor books named as well, and this year was no exception. If you are looking for something both beautiful and informative, try this list of award-winning titles.

2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Locomotive by Brian Floca

2011 Michigan Senior Citizen of the Year Award Program

Each year the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging join to honor outstanding contributions by Michigan's older citizens. The Senior Citizen of the Year Award highlights the contributions to civic and social life made by persons aged 60 years and older. Awards are given in two categories:

  • Leadership in the community
  • Service provided to others

Below are guidelines and nomination forms for the 2011 award. Nominations must be submitted by organizations and signed by the presiding officer, e.g., the executive director, CEO, or board president. Nominations must be postmarked by Monday, May 2, 2011 and sent to:

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
Senior Citizen of the Year Award Program
P.O. Box 30676
Lansing, MI 48909-8176

If you have questions, please contact Carol Dye, Office of Services to the Aging, at 517-373-8268.

Local Illustrator Wins Caldecott Medal!

Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ann Arbor illustrator Erin E. Stead has won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee! In this funny story illustrated with woodblock prints, Amos, a shy zookeeper, gets a surprise visit from his animal friends while at home with a cold.
Congratulations to Ms. Stead on winning this prestigious award!

2010 Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a New York-based fan organization, has announced its nominees for the 2010 Nero Award, "presented each year to an author for the best mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories." The contenders are:

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

The Crack in the Lens by Steve Hockensmith

Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks

The winner will be named during the Black Orchid Banquet, which is will be held December 3, 4, and 5 in New York. Reservations are now being taken; the registration form and Calendar of Events is available.

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