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2010 Award Winners

On January 18, 2010 the American Library Association announced the winners of their children's book awards:

Caldecott | Newbery
Coretta Scott King | Steptoe | Belpre
Schneider | Seuss Geisel | Sibert | Batchelder

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children.
Jerry Pinkney. The Lion and the Mouse
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

John Newbery Medal

Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished book for children.
Rebecca Stead. When You Reach Me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Coretta Scott King Book Award

Awarded annually to authors and illustrators of African decent whose work promotes the "American Dream." 
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal
This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.
Charles R. Smith Jr. My People
Written by Langston Hughes. Hughes's sparce yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Awarded annually to a black author and a black illustrator beginning his/her career.
kekla magoon. The Rock and the River
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Pura Belpre Award

Awarded to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work captures the Latino cultural experience in a work for children and youth.
Julia Alvarez. Return to Sender
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Rafael Lopez. Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day

Schneider Family Book Award

Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
Bonnie Christensen. Django
Nora Raleigh Baskin. Anything but Typical
Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.
Francisco X. Stork. Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Awarded annually to the outstanding book for beginning readers.
Geoffrey Hayes. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

Robert F. Sibert Medal

Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book.
Tanya Lee Stone. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Awarded to an outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language and subsequently translated into English and published in America.
Annika Thor. A Faraway Island
In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, But while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.