Academy Awards of Teen Lit

Every January the American Library Association announces its annual awards for the best books in children’s and young adult literature. While there wasn’t a red carpet or glittering gowns, hundreds of publishers, librarians, and literary fans attended this yearly press conference to honor this year’s most accomplished authors. With so many awesome books to choose from the question is, “Which one will you read first?” Feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Alex Award Winners for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Susan Cooper is the 2012 Edwards Award winner. Her books include: The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.

  • Award Winner: “Rotters” written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • Honor Book: “Ghetto Cowboy” written by G. Neri and narrated by J.D. Jackson
  • Honor Book: “Okay for Now” written by Gary D. Schmidt and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe
  • Honor Book: “The Scorpio Races” written by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham
  • Honor Book: Young Fredle written by Cynthia Voigt and narrated by Wendy Carter

Pura Belpre Author Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

  • Award Winner: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Honor Book: Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle
  • Honor Book: Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza

Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awardis given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.

  • Award Winner: Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
  • Honor Book: a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey
  • Honor Book: Money Boy by Paul Yee
  • Honor Book: Pink by Lili Wilkinson
  • Honor Book: With or Without You by Brian Farrey

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

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

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