The ALA awards were announced a few weeks ago. Some familiar names are on the lists and some new ones. Since it is Oscar night, I thought it would be an appropriate time to highlight the winners (since I hadn't gotten around to it yet).
The Caldecott Medal for excellence in illustration went to a wordless picture book by Chris Raschka, A Ball for Daisy.
The Geisel Award for beginning reader books went to Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. (Mo Willems had an honor book on the list -- just wanted to point that out.)
The Sibert Medal for informational books went to Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet.
The Corretta Scott King Author Award for outstanding contribution to African-American literature went to Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson. The Illustrator Award went to Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane Evans.
The 2012 Notable Children's Books list is also available. Many of the books that were awarded recognized in the above awards are also on this list, but there a lot of other very good titles.