James Cook Book Award -Ohio Library Council

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 Winner

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

A short list of honorable books (fiction and non-fiction) was also selected and includes:

  • Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
  • Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Neri and Randy DuBurke

2009 Winner

Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon

2009 Honorable Books:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
  • No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
  • Red Glass by Laura Resau

2007 Winner

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

2007 Honorable Books:

  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • Skate by Michael Harmon
  • La Linea by Ann Jaramillio
  • Rebound by Bob Krech
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
  • Between Mom and Jo by Julie Ann Peters
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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