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Award Winning Children’s Books 2013

Top literary awards in 2013 for the best children’s and young adults’ literature and illustration.

Children’s Book Awards

Here’s a quick reading assessment to give to your child if you aren’t sure which level books they could read.


2013 Newbery Medal Winners

The Newbery Medal honors the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The medal was established in 1922 and is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The recipient must be a citizen or resident of the United States.



The One and Only Ivan The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate and Patricia CastelaoWinner 2013 Newbury MedalAges 8 – 12 yearsIvan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Splendors and Glooms Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz,Honor 2013 Newbury Medal, Booklist Editor’s Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)Ages 9 – 12 yearsFor Clara’s 12th birthday, her parents hire a street performer to give a puppet show in their home. The puppeteer, Grisini, is so talented that he appears to be magical. His two orphaned assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, are envious of Clara’s home and all its comforts. Clara vanishes the night of the puppet show, and Grisini and his assistants are the prime suspects. Then Grisini disappears, and Lizzie Rose and Parsefall must seek out the missing girl, with the sinister and mysterious help of a wealthy old witch.
Bomb Bomb
by Steve Sheinkin,Honor 2013 Newbury MedalAges 10 – 14 yearsThis is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Three Times Lucky Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage,Honor 2013 Newbury MedalAges 10 and upRising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since.
Winners of the Newbery Awards from 1990-present

2013 Caldecott Medalists

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

This Is Not My Hat This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen,Winner 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 4 – 8 yearsWhen a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.
Creepy Carrots! Creepy Carrots!
by Aaron Reynolds,Honors 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 4 – 8 yearsThe Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
Extra Yarn Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett,Honors 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 4 – 8 yearsWith spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.
Green Green
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger,Honors 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 2 – 6 yearsDie cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the “Queen of the concept book”—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation.
One Cool Friend One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo,Honors 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 5 – 8 yearsWhen well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin–and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot’s father.
Sleep Like a Tiger Sleep Like a Tiger
by Mary Logue,Honors 2013 Caldecott MedalAges 4 – 8 yearsIn this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger.
Caldecott Medalists: Winners and Honors, 1990-present

2013 Michael L. Printz Award Winners

The Michael L. Printz Award, first given in 2000, is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The award is named in honor of Michael L. Printz, a school librarian from Topeka, Kansas who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

In Darkness In Darkness
by Nick Lake,Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz AwardAges 14 and up.This is the story of “Shorty”-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, Shorty begins to hallucinate. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and Haitian leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering-and their hope.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz,Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. CommendedAges 12 and upAristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Code Name Verity Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein,Edgar Allen Poe Awards. Best Young Adult AwardsAges TeensWhen “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
Dodger Dodger
by Terry Pratchett,2013 Printz Award Honor BookAges 12 and up.Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.
The White Bicycle The White Bicycle
by Beverley Brenna,2013 Printz Award Honor BookAges Teens.The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane’s travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor’s earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for independence both personal and universal, told in Taylor’s honest first-person prose.
Winners of the Michael L. Printz Award from 2000-present

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