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Six Random House Children’s Books Titles Receive Awards
(New York, NY) January 22, 2007—HATTIE BIG SKY, a first novel by Kirby Larson, and PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm, have both received Newbery Honors, it was announced today by the American Library Association at the Midwinter meeting in Seattle, Washington. The John Newbery Medal and Honor Awards recognize the authors of the year’s most outstanding contributions to children’s literature.
Published by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, HATTIE BIG SKY is based on the author’s own family history, and shares the sights, sounds, and scents of homesteading life in a young pioneer woman’s story that celebrates the true spirit of independence. HATTIE BIG SKY was edited by Michelle Poploff. Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, also an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, is a touching story that shares the Italian-American experience of a young girl growing up in post-WWII New Jersey. PENNY FROM HEAVEN was edited by Shana Corey.
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, received a Michael L. Printz Honor. The Michael L. Printz Award, established in 1999, honors excellence in literature written for young adults. Set in WWII Germany, and narrated by the poetic and haunting voice of death, THE BOOK THIEF is a remarkable story that explores the power of words and their ability to incite, to destroy and also to heal. The novel was edited by Erin Clarke.
Random House Children’s Books also received the following awards and honors:
THE PULL OF THE OCEAN by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers) received The Mildred A. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States. THE KILLER’S TEARS (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers) by Anne-Laure Bondoux received a Mildred A. Batchelder Honor. Both novels were edited by Francoise Bui.
SMALL STEPS by Louis Sachar (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers) received The Schneider Family Book Award in the teen category. The Schneider Award honors an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience in books for children and adolescents. SMALLSTEPS was edited by Beverly Horowitz.
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books to novels and narrative nonfiction, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books offer publishing programs that bring together world-famous franchise characters, multimillion-copy series, and top-flight award-winning authors and illustrators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.
Kane/Miller Wins an Award
Kane/Miller announces that Tina Burke's Fly, Little Bird has been selected as a 2007 KIND Children's Honor Book. Sponsored by the Youth Education Division of The Humane Society of the United States, the award recognizes exceptional children's books with a humane focus on animals or the environment.
The ASPCA® Announces the 2006 Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award WINNERS
Named in honor of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, the annual awards recognize books based on their exemplary handling of subject matter pertaining to animals and the environment. The winning authors will be honored at a ceremony at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 5:30 PM at the Renaissance Ballroom East at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.
This year, Jean Craighead George will be presented with the ASPCA Roger Caras Achievement Award. The award honors an outstanding individual or organization that has inspired children and made a contribution to the animal community through literature, actions or other means. With a career spanning five decades, the acclaimed author has created a chronicle of work that respects and champions animals and includes such titles as My Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, and Luck: The Story of a Sandbill Crane.
"Community and education are cornerstones of every ASPCA awareness campaign,” said ASPCA President Ed Sayres. "The ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards exemplify the ASPCA’s mission to create a more humane society through the education of our children. We’re delighted to honor these accomplished authors and the works of Jean Craighead George that encourage the youth of America to respect animals.”
This year’s 12 award winners and honorees covered nine categories, including one for illustration. They include:
Non-Fiction Companion Animals:
Is My Dog a Wolf? by Jenni Bidner (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing)
Non-Fiction Environment and Ecology:
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Non-Fiction Humane Heroes:
“Dog Heroes” Series
· Water Rescue by Frances E. Ruffin
· Fire Dogs by Donna Latham (Bearport Publishing)
Fiction Humane Heroes:
Wings by William Loizeaux (Farrar, Straus & Giroux )
Fiction Companion Animals:
Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix (Gryphon Press)
Fiction Environment and Ecology
Tale of a Great White Fish by Maggie De Vries(Greystone Books/Douglas & McIntyre)
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Other winners include:
ASPCA® Henry Bergh Young Adult Award:
One Kingdom: Our Lives with Animals by Deborah Noyes (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan (Harper Collins)
ASPCA® Henry Bergh Young Adult Honor:
Flash Point by Sneed B. Collard III (Peachtree Publishers)
ASPCA® Henry Bergh Illustration Award
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow illustrated by Beth Krommes (written by Joyce Sidman)
(Houghton Mifflin Company)
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