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ALA Youth Media Awards

13 Feb

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  • Newbery AwardHello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Caldecott Award –  Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award – Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardThe Stars Beneath Our Feet written by David Barclay Moore
  • Michael L. Printz Award – We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young children) – Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Schneider Family Book Award (middle grades) – Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess written by Shari Green
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young adult) – You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award – The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius
  • Odyssey AwardThe Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Pura Belpré Award Author Award – Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar
  • Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Award – La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Stonewall Book AwardLittle & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardCharlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
  • William C. Morris Award – The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Learn more about these awards by visiting the ALA website!


ALA Youth Media Awards

11 Jan

Wow!  I’m not even sure where to start.  I got up extra early, skipped my gym workout and got to work by about 7:15 so I could listen to SLJ’s pre-game show before the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards at 8:00am.

It was so worth it.  I know everyone talks about the Caldecott and Newbery awards, but there are a bunch of other awards that are announced as well – the Alex Awards, Schneider Family Book Awards, Stonewall Awards, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Pura Belpré and many more.

The Caldecott Award committee selected four honor books:

  • Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Waiting illustrated by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Euka Holmes
  • Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson

The winner is:

Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall


The Newbery Award committee selected three honor books:

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The winner is:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

That’s right, you read that correctly… a picture book won the Newbery (with a graphic novel winning an honor)!  It’s an exciting time for children’s books as more and more diverse authors and illustrators are being recognized for their work and different formats are being recognized and it’s all super amazing and awesome!  I’ll be posting some more, after I stop geeking out over all the amazing winning books!

ALA Midwinter Conference & Youth Media Awards

8 Jan

alamw16.pngI’m super jealous of all my library friends who are spending a fantastic weekend in Boston at the ALA Midwinter conference.  I’m going to be following the #ALAMW16 hashtag to see what’s happening and the #alaleftbehind hashtag to commiserate with other librarians stuck at home.

The conference is very early this year, usually happening toward the end of January, but I like having it this early for a couple of reasons.  In most public (and I would assume academic) libraries, programming is still at a minimum, while we wait for everyone to get back into the school schedule.  We have some programming going on right now, but we begin storytimes and much more programming in the next few weeks.

The other reason I like having the conference this early is because everyone is still talking about the “Best of 2015” and the Youth Media Awards are getting announced…. on MONDAY!  I’m not really the type of person who cares for the Oscars, Golden Globes, etc.  But, the Youth Media Awards come around and I get super excited!  I love following the live award presentations and hearing the audience respond to the announcements.  It’s so much fun!  I’ll be at work early on Monday, making sure I don’t miss a moment.

Super Bowl Sunday means…

1 Feb

Eating homemade pizza with friends and watching the commercials and halftime show. We’ve got the Susie’s for pepperoni, cheese, white and buffalo chicken pizza and I just might make some chocolate chip cookies as well!

What I’m even more excited about is that the Youth Media Awards are being announced tomorrow morning! There are a lot of strong contenders this year for many of the awards and I’m excited to see what the committees have chosen. The awards will be announced tomorrow morning (February 2nd) at 8:00 am CST. For more information, check out ALA’s Youth Media Awards Press Kit. I’ll be live tweeting as I watch the awards at my desk at work…. Can’t wait!

And as for football books for the Super Bowl, one of the favorites at my library is Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler, because what’s better than dinosaurs and sports are rolled in one!


2014 Youth Media Awards

27 Jan


I was going to take a break today from my blog to reflect on my conference experience and decide what I wanted to share, but I couldn’t miss this HUGE event that happened this morning…. the Youth Media Awards were announced!  Now, for many of my friends, this epic event is not on their radar, let alone do they really even know what it is.  But if you are a youth services librarian, school librarian, teacher, or are just really into children’s and young adult literature, then you have waited for this day for a long time.  This is the day when they announce not only the Caldecott (best illustrations) and the Newbery (best story/text) awards, but also 16 other youth media awards.

I’m not going to list every winner, because unfortunately it’s going to take up a lot of space, but if you’re interested in seeing the winners of the 18 awards, then take a look at the press release from the conference this morning.  I will tell you the winner of the Caldecott Medal was Brian Floca for his illustrations in the book Locomotive.  And the winner of the Newbery Award was Kate DiCamillo for her story, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.

Locomotive, because it is an absolutely beautiful work of art.  I was actually surprised about Flora & Ulysses; I’m not saying it’s a poor choice, but it’s very accessible to children and something I think a lot of kids will like.  This is not always the case when it comes to the Newbery Award.  Sometimes, the books are written at a much higher level, higher than what children will enjoy.  And I think that’s what is so interesting about these awards – there is a committee that chooses the winner, so it really depends on the people in the committee and their opinions of the literature during the year.  It makes for great conversations before the announcement as people discuss their favorites and also makes for great discussions afterward as people reflect about the chosen books.  And I think that’s almost more important than the actual awards – it’s getting people to talk about children’s literature.

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