ALA Youth Media Awards

Every year in January or February, the American Library Association gets together for their Midwinter Conference and celebrates the outstanding books for children and teens over the previous year. We’ll be mostly focusing on those related to Young Adult titles, but if you would like to see all of the winners, including the Newberry and Caldecott award winners, check out the full results here!

 

Coretta Scott King Book Award – Recognizing outstanding African-American authors of outstanding books for children or young adults.

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as

someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather

participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join

Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent – Recognizing new and outstanding talent not previously acknowledged by other Coretta Scott King awards.

It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly

Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling

from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just

a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings

him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled

with Legos.

Michael L. Printz Award – For excellence in in literature written for young adults.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day

she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those

final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands

of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York,

Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun.

Alex Awards – For adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

 

Odyssey Award – For the best audiobook produced for children or young adults.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor

black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep

school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is

shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood

best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer.

 

Stonewall Book Award – For books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender experience.

Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples

with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love

with the same girl, pushing Lionel’s bipolar disorder to spin out of control

and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons

William C. Morris Award – For a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor

black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep

school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is

shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood

best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults

The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo

and Vincent van Gogh


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