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2009 Awards

Check out this year's award winners and runners up in children's books!

The House in the Night

The House in the Night

2009 Caldecott Medal
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

2009 Caldecott Honor Book
"Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon's grandparents during summer vacation."

How I Learned Geography

How I Learned Geography

2009 Caldecott Honor Book
"Recounting memories of his family's flight from the Warsaw Blitz and his years as a refugee during World War II, Shulevitz employs watercolor and ink to depict a boy liberated from his dreary existence through flights of fancy inspired by the map his father buys in the village market." - ALA

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

2009 Caldecott Honor Book
"Sweet's mixed-media collage and primitive watercolors flow seamlessly with Bryant's prose to reveal the important bits and pieces of Williams' ordinary, yet extraordinary, life as a doctor and poet." - ALA

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

2009 Coretta Scott King Author Award & Illustrator Honor Book
"Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947."

The Blacker the Berry: Poems

The Blacker the Berry: Poems

2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award & Author Honor Book
"A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity."

Keeping the Night Watch

Keeping the Night Watch

2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
"A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear."

Becoming Billie Holiday

Becoming Billie Holiday

2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
"A series of poems written from the point of view of jazz singer Billie Holiday, offering an overview of the early years of her life."

The Moon over Star

The Moon over Star

2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
"On her family's farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing and dreams that she might one day be an astronaut, too."

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: a Song of John Coltrane

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: a Song of John Coltrane

2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
"This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interpreted sounds before he made his music."

Bird

Bird

2009 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award - Illustrator
"Bird, an artistic young African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother's drug addiction and death, while a family friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding."

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

2009 Newbery Award Winner
"Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard."

The Underneath

The Underneath

2009 Newbery Honor Book
"Underneath the canopy of the loblolly pines, amid the pulsating sounds of the swamp, there lies a tale. Intertwining stories of an embittered man, a loyal hound, an abandoned cat and a vengeful lamia sing of love, loss, loneliness and hope." - ALA

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

2009 Newbery Honor Book
"The Surrender Tree utilizes compelling free verse in alternating voices to lyrically tell the story of Cuba's three wars for independence from Spain. Combining real-life characters (such as legendary healer Rosa La Bayamesa) with imagined individuals, Engle focuses on Rosa's struggle to save everyone--black, white, Cuban, Spanish, friend or enemy." - ALA

Savvy

Savvy

2009 Newbery Honor Book
"Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family -- just as her father is injured in a terrible accident."

After Tupac & D Foster

After Tupac & D Foster

2009 Newbery Honor Book
"In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live."