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And the Winners Are….

Many terrific announcements at the ALA Youth Media Awards!

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One of the great things about being able to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting is being able to go, in person, to the Youth Media Awards. It’s so exciting, being in a room full of people who are excited about the awards, about what books, audiobooks, and videos will win.

The ALA press release had the full list.

The Alex Awards are ten adult books with teen appeal. It’s a cool list (especially in light of all the “new adult” talk), a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and this year includes a self-published work.   One of the books this year is Pure by Julianna Baggott, aka the book with the person who has a doll for a hand AND uses Bruce Springsteen lyrics as a family lullaby.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards. This has both author and illustrator awards; alas, I haven’t read any of the titles yet but I am adding to my TBR (to-be-read) pile the honor book No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by B. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Lab).

The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement goes to Demetria Tucker.

John Newbery Medal included Bomb by Steve Sheinkin as an Honor book; Bomb was one of the most honored books this year.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors Katherine Paterson this year.

Margaret A. Edwards Award was given to Tamora Pierce.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture will be given by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Michael L. Printz Award went to In Darkness by Nick Lake; Honor books are Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Dodger by Terry Pratchett and The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna. I have read exactly one title, Code Name Verity; I have copies of In Darkness and Dodger so will be reading them soon; and am tracking down copies of Aristotle and Dante and The White Bicycle.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award is for translated works, none of which I’ve read.

Odyssey Award is for audiobooks, none of which I’ve listened to yet.

Pura Belpré Awards is for both authors and illustrators. On the author side, the award went to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and I’ll be tracking down a copy.

Robert F. Sibert Medal went to Bomb by Steve Sheinkin; there were three honors, and I’ve read two of them, Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose and Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson. (The other honor book was Electric Ben by Robert Byrd).

Schneider Family Book Awards includes an award for a teen book; this year, it was Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and is going on my TBR pile. Once, that is, I track down a copy.

Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award goes to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; and I also haven’t read any of the Honor Books, either: Drama by Raina Telgemeier; Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz; October Mourning by Leslea Newman; and Sparks by S.J. Adams.

William C. Morris Award already announced the five finalists, all of which I’ve read and reviewed. The Award went to Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; the four finalists are Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby; Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo; After the Snow by S. D. Crockett; and The Miseducation by Cameron Post by emily m. danforth.

 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults also already announced five finalists, all of which I’ve read and reviewed. The award went to Bomb by Steve Sheinkin; the finalists are Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal; Moonbird by Phillip Hoose; Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson; and We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson.

More on the specifics about each award at the ALA Youth Media Awards Factsheet. The ALA press release had the full list.

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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

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