Hello Everyone, it’s that time of year again! Just this Monday, at the ALA Midwinter conference, they announced the ALA Youth Media Awards. According to the ALA website, these awards are:
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
So let’s take a look at some of the notable winners!
John Newbery Medal
For the Newbery, the winner was Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Not only was this noteworthy because the Newbery is not often awarded to picture books, but also it is noteworthy because it was the first Newbery winner to be written by a Hispanic author. The illustrations are also incredibly beautiful–the perfect companion to a wonderful story.
Randolf Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal is awarded for the best illustrations for an American picture book for children. The winner for 2016 is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackwell, written by Lindsay Mattick. I am currently waiting for this one from the library! Just from the cover I am practically drooling! So Stinkin’ Cute!
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King award is awarded for outstanding African American authors for children and young adults. This year, the winner is Rita Williams-Garcia’s Gone Crazy in Alabama which is the third book in the series, proceeded by by One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven, both of which are also award winners. This series is one of my favorites. It is about the three Gaither sisters who are growing up in the late 6os and early 70s amidst the civil rights movement. They visit California to see their mother who is a Black Panther in the first book, see things changing in New York city in the second book, and in the third book they go down to Alabama to visit family. It is a great book to read with students in school or in a book club setting. It is full of great life lessons, historical significance, and some really wonderful, lovable characters.
Michael L. Printz Award
The Printz award is given to the best book written for teens. This year’s winner was Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I just ordered my copy because the library’s queue would take entirely too long and I am impatient! Can’t wait to crack this baby open. It’s one that was getting a lot of hype throughout the year and I hadn’t had a chance to get to it. I am glad to have a reason to finally dig in!
This is just the frosting on the cake. There are so many other important and exciting awards that were given out this week. For further information about the awards, as well as honor books that were close, but no cigar, check out ALA’s page describing the awards found here.
This blog was written by Katie Riley. She is a first year online MLIS student. As a former 6th grade English teacher, she love working with kids but likes the library setting rather than a traditional classroom. She is working toward the school library media endorsement. She love kids books–from farting aliens to swooning zombies–she can’t get enough! When she is not tearing up over a great middle grade read, she is usually playing with her crazy dog Soliloquy (Lily for short), making up silly songs, or writing some awesome snail mail to friends and family. She excited to be a part of iYouth and to help create, discover, and learn!