Sibert medalIt was an early morning, watching the live cast of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. A great morning for nonfiction picture books!

Schneider Family Book Awards (literature representing the disability experience.

One-legged boy rides a bicycle.


Emmanuel’s Dream.

I wrote about the book here.



Sibert Informational Medal (most distinguished nonfiction)

Cover of book shows portrat of Jose Guadalupe Posada with four of his funy illustrations of skeletons--one is playing the guitar, one wears a fancy hat, one rides a bicycle, and one is dressed as a bandit


Funny Bones.

One of my favorite books of the year! I wrote about it here.



Black woman singing to a crowd.


Voice of Freedom won a Sibert Honor.

I wrote about it here.



Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award (best portrayal, affirmation, and celebration of Latino experience)

Girl sitting on ground, gazing at moon, on which a drum rests.


Drum Dream Girl

I never wrote about this nonfiction picture book!

Funny Bones also received an honor in this category.


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Young boy playing trombone.


Trombone Shorty

I wrote about it here.

Book Itch–which I read late in the year and loved–earned an honor.

Voice of Freedom (see above under Sibert Medal) won the New Talent award.

Caldecott Medal

It was a strong year for nonfiction in the Caldecott awards!

Bear cub clutches a soldier's boot.


Finding Winnie won.

I discovered I’ve never written a post about it, either!

Trombone Shorty and Voice of Freedom both got honors.


The huge surprise for me was that a picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, won the Newbery Medal for “outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” I didn’t even know that picture books were ever considered for the Newbery!

I was also thrilled that Supertruck won a Geisel Honor for best readaloud. It’s not nonfiction–its main character is a garbage truck superhero–but it has nonfiction roots; it was inspired by the New York city garbage trucks that become snowplows on bad storm days.

Now I may need a nap. 8 AM Eastern Time is very early in Pacific Time!