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The ALA Announces Their 2015 Prize-Winning Books

2015 ALA Youth Media Awards February 2015


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The ALA Announces Their 2015 Prize-Winning Books

As I'm sure many of you know, yesterday the American Library Association (ALA) announced their winners of some of the biggest book prizes of the year, and we at Teenreads.com are happy to share them with you!

Read on for all the awards news, and to see if your favorite book won anything this year!
 

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

 

 

The John Newbery Medal

The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

- The winner of the John Newbery Medal is THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander.

- Two Newbery Honor Books were also named: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell; and BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson.

Click here to read more about the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the honor books.

 
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 I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson.

- Four Printz Honor Books also were named: AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard; THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY by Jessie Ann Foley; GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith; and THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

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

 
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material. 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 winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is THE RIGHT WORD: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant.

- Five Sibert Honor Books were named: BROWN GIRL DREAMING written by Jacqueline Woodson; THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming; JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson; NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands written and illustrated by Katherine Roy; and SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

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

 
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 Award is BROWN GIRL DREAMING, written by Jacqueline Woodson.

- Three King Author Honor Books were selected: THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander; HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson; and HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award is FIREBIRD, illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland.

- Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: Christian Robinson for JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; and Frank Morrison for LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE by Katheryn Russell-Brown, published by Lee and Low Books, Inc.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award is WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST, written and illustrated by Jason Alexander.

Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards 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 Deborah D. Taylor. Taylor’s career in public service began more than 40 years ago with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she is currently coordinator of School and Student Services. Her career has been spent as mentor, educator and literacy advocate for young adults. As an inspiring young adult librarian, leader in national associations and university instructor, she has been distinctly effective in introducing young people and her professional colleagues to the outstanding work of African American authors.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 
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 THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr; BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia; BINGO'S RUN by James A. Levine; CONFESSIONS by Kanae Minato; EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng; LOCK IN by John Scalzi; THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir; THE TERRORIST'S SON: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles; THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta; WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle.

Click here to read 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.

- The winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award is Sharon M. Draper, author of more than 20 books, including: TEARS OF A TIGER (1994) FORGED BY FIRE (1997), DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN (2001), THE BATTLE OF JERICHO (2004), COPPER SUN (2006) and NOVEMBER BLUES (2007), all published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

 
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 winner of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award is THIS DAY IN JUNE written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten.

- Three Honor Books were selected: BEYOND MAGENTA: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin; I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN written by Jandy Nelson; MORRIS MICKLEWHITE AND THE TANGERINE DRESS written by Christine Baldacchio, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant.

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

 
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.

- The winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults is POPULAR: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek written by Maya Van Wagenen.

- Four other books were finalists for the award: LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE written by Shane Burcaw; THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia written by Candace Fleming; IDA M. TARBELL: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! written by Emily Arnold McCully; and THE PORT CHICAGO 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights written by Steve Sheinkin.
 
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 GABI, A GABI IN PIECES written by Isabel Quintero.

- Four other books were finalists for the award: THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY written by Jessie Ann Foley; THE STORY OF OWEN: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim written by E.K. Johnston; THE SCAR BOYS written by Len Vlahos; THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER written by Leslye Walton.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.

 
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 A BOY AND A JAGUAR, written by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Catia Chien,

- The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is RAIN REIGN written by Ann M. Martin.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 
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 H. O. R. S. E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination is written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

- Three Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! written by Tim Federle, and narrated by Tim Federle; THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE written by Julie Berry and narrated by Jayne Entwistle; and A SNICKER OF MAGIC written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris.

Click here to read more about the winner of the Odyssey Award and the honor books.

 
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