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The last weekend in January offered a few cold and rainy days in Seattle—doesn’t it always?—but we Overlookers didn’t mind as we fled New York City’s plummeting temps and sidewalk snow for balmier weather in order to attend the American Library Association’s annual midwinter conference.
We were thrilled to represent our hottest titles of the season and our burgeoning list of YA literature while mingling with librarians from across the U.S. and Canada. Stationed at Penguin’s booth, Overlook offered up gorgeous galleys of a captivating and exotic new novel THE KASHMIR SHAWL by Rosie Thomas (watch the book trailer here!), and hosted a giveaway for a genuine pashmina to celebrate the book’s release (We’ll be in touch with the winner very shortly!).
Amidst whirlwind of great panels, parties, book buzzes, and award ceremonies, we especially loved hearing real teens speaking out about their favorite YALSA books and cheering on our fellow SoHo publishers recognized during the awards ceremony with a great many “ballyhoos” (light thanks to YALSA president Jack Martin.
A warm congratulations to all the winners, and especially our downtown NYC neighbors Penguin and SoHo Press:
Newbery Honor - “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Caldecott Honor - "One Cool Friend,” illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Coretta Scott King Honor - (author) “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, (illustrator) “Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Mildred L. Batchelder Award - "My Family for the War” is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Sibert Honor - “Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin,” written and illustrated by Robert Byrd and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Geisel Award: “Up, Tall and High!” written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss Award winner. The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Alex Award: “Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.