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2016 ALA Youth Media Awards January 2016


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The ALA Announces Their 2016 Prize-Winning Books

As I'm sure many of you know, on Monday, January 11th, the American Library Association (ALA) announced their winners of some of the biggest book prizes of the year (and I was lucky enough to be in the audience!).

We wanted to share the results with you, so read on for all of the details and to see if your favorite book won anything this year!
 

--- Shara Zaval (shara@bookreporter.com)

 

 

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
The Michael L. Printz Award, established in 1999, honors excellence in literature written for young adults. The award-winning book may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or an anthology and can be a work of joint authorship or editorship. Nominated books may have been previously published in another country, but must have been in the U.S. during the preceding year. The books must be designated by their publishers as either a young adult book or one published for ages 12 through 18. The award is named in honor of the late Michael L. Printz, longtime YALSA member and Topeka, Kansas, school librarian, known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

-The winner of the Michael L. Printz Award is BONE GAP by Laura Ruby.

- Two Printz Honor Books also were named: OUT OF DARKNESS by Ashley Hope Pérez and THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and the honor books.

 
The Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The award is sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book FAIR GARDEN AND THE SWARM OF BEASTS, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

The winners are:

ALL INVOLVED by Ryan Gattis
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
GIRL AT WAR by Sara Nović
HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: Stories by Brandon Stanton
SACRED HEART by Liz Suburbia
UNDOCUMENTED: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS by Keija Parssinen
 
Click here to learn more about the winners of the Alex Awards.

 
The Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

- David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY, BOY MEETS BOY, LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW, HOW THEY MET AND OTHER STORIES, WIDE AWAKE and NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

 
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, established in 2010, honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1st – October 31st publishing year.
Click here to read more about the winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

 
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers. The work cited illuminates the teen experience and enriches the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by compelling, high-quality writing and/or illustration, the integrity of the work as a whole, and its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

- The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli.

- Four other books were finalists for the award: BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas; CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert; THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes; and THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.

 
The Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. Receiving the Caldecott Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.
 
- The winner for the Randolph Caldecott Medal is FINDING WINNIE: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.

- Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: TROMBONE SHORTY, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews; WAITING, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes; VOICE OF FREEDOM: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the honor books.

 
John Newbery Medal 2016
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested that it be named for the eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians and Melcher's official proposal was approved by the ALA Executive Board in 1922.
 
- The winner of the John Newbery Medal is LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson.
 
- Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson; and ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the honor books.

 
The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

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

- The winners of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, respectively, are GEORGE by Alex Gino and THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg.

- Two honor books were selected: WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Christopher Barzak and SEX IS A FUNNY WORD: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award and the honor books.

 
The Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of distinguished and beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. The award is presented annually and in even years (i.e. 2012, 2014, 2016…) to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

In alternate years (i.e. 2011, 2013, 2015…), the award honors a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities/programs.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award fof Lifetime Achievement is Jerry Pinkney. Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations detail a world that resonates with readers long after the pages of a book have been turned. His five decades of work offer compelling artistic insights into the legacy of African American storytelling and experience. Beyond Pinkney’s technical brilliance, his support of differentiated learning through art and of young illustrators sets him apart as both artist and educator. His powerful illustrations have redefined the scope of the sophisticated picture book and its use with multiple levels of learners.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 
The Coretta Scott King Awards

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Books Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award is GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia.

- Three King Author Honor Books were selected: ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds; and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award is TROMBONE SHORTY illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.

- Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: THE BOOK ITCH: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; and LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award is HOODOO, written by Ronald L. Smith.
 
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award is VOICE OF FREEDOM: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards and the honor books.

 
The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Children's Book Award is EMMANUEL'S DREAM: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, administers the award.

- The winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is FUNNY BONES: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh.

- Four Sibert Honor Books were named: DROWNED CITY: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown; THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose; TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran; and VOICE OF FREEDOM: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes.

 

Click here to learn more about the winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and the honor books.

 
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is presented to the producer of the best audiobook produced for youth available in English in the United States. The first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production was given in January 2008. Honor titles may also be selected. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

- The winner of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. The book is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.

- One Odyssey Honor Recording was also selected: ECHO, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.