She’s pretty happy:here Deborah (right) shows off the plaque and award, helped by her editor, Laura Goldwin, of Holt.
And, if that wasn’t enough, Deborah showed that her book wasn’t only the best nonfiction book for teens, but one of the best books for young adults across the categories, earning her a PRINTZ HONOR award for overall “excellence in literature written for young adults.”
Another nonfiction Picnic Basket offering, ALMOST ASTRONAUTS: 13 WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM by Tanya Stone, also took home two big awards (this feels a little bit like the Picnic Basketers on the Olympic podium, doesn’t it?): the Siebert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children. “Stone has a less-is-more approach that really packs a wallop,” said Sibert Committee Chair Vicky Smith. “Readers will come away with their blood boiling. It’s a heckuva story.” Plus, the book was a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
And it’s not just nonfiction in the Picnic Basket/ALA Awards spotlight: ALL THE WORLD, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was awarded a Caldecott Honor as one of the most distinguished picture books of the year.
Congrats to all! Many of you had the chance to preview these books when the sample copies were available – and we so appreciate your thoughtfulness when considering these books for your readers. There are so many books deserving of awards -- and so many other incredible books for children and teens that didn't get an award but are still so worthy. Here’s hoping that more of you check them out or, more importantly, that your students and readers check them out of your libraries and classrooms!