Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year. Below is a list of this year’s award-winning titles.
My personal favorites are the Printz Award and the Alex Award. The Printz Award honors an author for “excellence in literature written for young adults.” In other words, it’s a pretty big deal. My favorite Printz Award winner, so far, has been “Looking for Alaska“ by John Green.
The Alex Award, however, honors the top 10 adult books with teen appeal. My favorite among the Alex Award recipients has been “The Night Circus.” I even got to meet the author, Erin Morgenstern! Squee!
Have you read any of this year’s award-winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards?
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
- Award Winner: “Midwinterblood” Marcus Sedgwick
- Honor Book: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
- Honor Book: “Kingdom of Little Wounds” by Susann Cokal
- Honor Book: “Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
- Honor Book: “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
- Award Winner: “Charm & Strange” by Stephanie Kuehn
- Finalist: “Sex & Violence” by Carrie Mesrobian
- Finalist: “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos
- Finalist: “Belle Epoque” by Elizabeth Ross
- Finalist: “In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
- Award Winner: “The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi” by Neal Bascomb
- Honor Book: “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design” by Chip Kidd
- Honor Book: “Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II” by Martin W. Sandler
- Honor Book: “Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers” by Tanya Lee Stone
- Honor Book: “The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” by James L. Swanson
Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
- “Brewster” by Mark Slouka
- “The Death of Bees” by Lisa O’Donnell
- “Golden Boy: A Novel” by Abigail Tarttelin
- “Help for the Haunted” by John Searles
- “Lexicon: A Novel” by Max Barry
- “Lives of Tao” by Wesley Chu
- “Mother, Mother: A Novel” by Koren Zailckas
- “Relish” by Lucy Knisley
- “The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel” by Katja Millay
- “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.
- Award Winner: “Scowler,”written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
- Honor Book: “Better Nate Than Ever,” written and narrated by Tim Federle
- Honor Book: “Creepy Carrots!” written by Aaron Reynolds
- Honor Book: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
- “Matilda,” written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
- Award Winner: “P.S. Be Eleven” written by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Honor Book: “March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
- Honor Book: “Darius & Twig” by Walter Dean Myers
- Honor Book: “Words with Wings” by Nikki Grimes
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
- Award Winner: “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina
- Honor Book: “The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist” written by Margarita Engle
- Honor Book: “The Living” written by Matt de la Peña
- Honor Book: “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
- Award Winner: “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
- Award Winner: “Fat Angie” by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
- Honor Book: “Better Nate Than Ever” by Tim Federle
- Honor Book: “Branded by the Pink Triangle” by Ken Setterington
- Honor Book: “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
- Middle School Award Winner: “Handbook for Dragon Slayers” by Merrie Haskell
- High School Award Winner: “Rose under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States.
- Award Winner: “Mister Orange,” written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson
- Honor Book: “Vacation of My Life,” written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
- Honor Book: “My Father’s Arms Are a Boat,” written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson
- Honor Book: “The War Within These Walls,” written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson