Dogs on Duty Wins 2013 Mitten Award

Submitted by coveyl on October 22, 2013 - 4:15pm.   

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, published 2012 by Scholastic, is the winner of the 2013 Mitten Award. Presentation of the award will take place at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.

When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With full-color photographs throughout and sidebars featuring heroic canines throughout history, Dogs on Duty provides a fascinating look at these exceptional soldiers and companions.


2014 Mitten and YouPer Award Nominations Being Sought

Submitted by coveyl on January 3, 2013 - 12:30pm.   

Mitten Award


2012 Mitten Award Winner

Submitted by jgoodrich on June 28, 2012 - 9:10pm.   

The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt, is the winner of the 2012 Mitten Award Breaking Stalin’s Nose is the story of 10 year old Sasha Zaichek, living with his father in the USSR under Stalin’s communist rule.  He has spent his whole life waiting for the day when he will become a Soviet Young Pioneer, but then his father is arrested and everything Sasha has known and believed in begins to unravel.  This book is an excellent springboard for informing children of all ages about world history and Communist governments in a format and style that directly appeals to them.Through humor and straightforward prose the reader can begin to understand what life as a child may have been like.


2011 Mitten Award Winner

Submitted by gcouraud on May 17, 2011 - 2:27pm.   

The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion, is the winner of the 2011 Mitten Award.

The Mitten Award was established in 1999 "...to recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience."

City Dog, Country Frog is the story of the unusual friendship that develops and grows between two animals over the changing seasons. It was illustrated by Jon Muth.


The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Wins 2009 Mitten Award

Submitted by gpeck on May 25, 2010 - 7:01am.   

The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, published by Blue Sky Press (Scholastic), is the winner of the 2009 Mitten Award.

The Mitten Award was established in 1999 by the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association  "...to recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience."