James Cook Book Award
James Cook Book Award
James Cook was well known in the Ohio and national library community as a man passionate about what he did. He was the Teen Specialist at Dayton Metro Library and a strong advocate for teens, diversity, and teen literature. James was actively involved in the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council (OLC). He has served on the Newbery, Printz, and Teen Buckeye Book Award committees.
James died suddenly on August 1, 2005, and this award is intended to carry on his memory and celebrate everything he believed in so strongly.
The Young Adult Services Division of OLC created the James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature in 2007. This award recognizes a book that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. Eligible books, either fiction or non-fiction, will feature a teen as one of the main characters; demonstrate excellence in writing; promote cultural, ethnic, or social diversity; and have a wide appeal to a teen audience. Any book meeting these criteria, and published in the US within the last two years can be nominated for the award. The YA Division will select a panel of 5-10 school and youth services librarians in Ohio to act as judges for the award.
2011 James Cook Book Award Winner
The Ohio Library Council recognizes Francisco X. Stork's, Marcelo in the Real World (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009) as the recipient of the 2011 James Cook Book Award. Marcelo in the Real World received the honor because it promotes diversity, demonstrates excellence in writing and/or illustration, contains a teenager as one of the main characters, and has a wide appeal to a teen audience. The award is administered by the Young Adult Services Division of the Ohio Library Council.
A short list of honorable books (fiction and non-fiction) was also selected and includes:
- Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009)
- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)
- Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Neri and Randy DuBurke (Lee & Low Books, 2010)
2009 James Cook Book Award Winner
||Last Exit to Normal
by Michael Harmon
(KnopfBooks for Young
2009 Honorable Books:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007)
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby (HarperTeen, 2007)
- No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin (Henry Holt and Company, 2008)
- Red Glass by Laura Resau (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2007)
2007 James Cook Book Award Winner
||Ask Me No Questions
by Marina Budhos
(Simon & Schuster, 2006)
2007 Honorable Books:
- Tyrell by Coe Booth (Scholastic Press)
- Skate by Michael Harmon (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
- La Linea by Ann Jaramillio (Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers)
- Rebound by Bob Krech (Marshall Cavendish Children's Books)
- Sold by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion)
- All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall (Little, Brown Young Readers)
- Between Mom and Jo by Julie Ann Peters (Little, Brown Young Readers)
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (First Second an Imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers)