The following awards are presented annually by the American Library Association and were announced on January 22, 2007.
Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. These books are typically for children aged 9-12; Hattie Big Sky is for children a little older.
THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY
By Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Lucy, 10, feels lost in the world. Her mother died after being electrocuted; her father's ex-wife, who is now her guardian, may return to France; her best friend obsesses over knots; and nothing seems quite right. What else is there to do but pack her bags and search for a Higher Power?
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
PENNY FROM HEAVEN
By Jennifer L. Holm
In 1953 Brooklyn, Penny Falucci, 12, lives with her widowed mother but spends time with her father's large, rambunctious Italian-American family. Although she doesn't remember her father, his death, or his role during World War II, she intends to find out.
HATTIE BIG SKY
By Kirby Larson
In early 20th-century Iowa, the orphaned Hattie Brooks inherits a land claim from an unknown uncle. When she arrives in Montana, she must cultivate the 40 acres and fence the land--or lose the claim.
By Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Catherine only wants a normal life. If only her younger brother weren't autistic, she could befriend the girl next door. But when Catherine meets a nonverbal paraplegic, she starts to understand that "normal" can mean very different things.
Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. These books are typically for children aged 4-8.
By David Wiesner
In this wordless picture book, a boy finds an old-fashioned camera on a beach and develops pictures of an octopus in a deep-sea parlor; a windup fish; tiny green aliens; and photos of children holding photos of other girls and boys back through time. The boy photographs himself, and then throws the camera back into the sea.
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
An Endangered Animal Alphabet
By David McLimans
In this black-and-white alphabet picture book, 26 stylized images of endangered animals, along with descriptions of them, their habitats, and the threats to their survival, jump off the page--from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra.