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Book Awards

May 3, 2012

By Shayna T. and Paloma P.

Have you read a book that has gotten an award? We interviewed the one and only, famous Ms. Hammond about book awards. Over the last few months, Ms. Hammond has had students read and vote on books nominated for the California Young Reader Medal.

Q. What are the different book awards?
A. There are many, many book awards. The Newbery Medal (for the best contribution to children’s novels), the Caldecott Medal (for the best picture book), the Pura Belpré Award (for books about the Latino cultural experience), and the Coretta Scott King Award (for outstanding African American authors and illustrators) are just a few.

Q. Do you have any award-winning books in the library?
A. Oh yes, I have many. A few of them are A Ball for Daisy, Inside Out and Back Again, and Breaking Stalin’s Nose.

Award-winning books in the school library

Some award-winning books from the school library. Shown: 2012 Newbery Medal winners “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos and “Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai. Photo by Sofia V.

Q. Many of these awards are given out by the ALA. What is the ALA?
A. The ALA is the American Library Association. It’s an organization of librarians all over the country. They give the book awards out, and they come up with policies for libraries. They also do other things.

Q. If you wrote a book, what award would you want to get?
A. The Caldecott Award. It seems the easiest, because all you have to do is write a short story and draw pictures!

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For more info about book awards, go to
For the California Young Reader Medal winners, see


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