The American Library Association announced its Youth Media Awards on January 28th. These are kind of a big deal. This group of awards includes the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, and the Printz Award. Of those, the Printz is given to a book demonstrating excellence in literature for young adults (the other two are for picture books and children’s literature, respectively). You can read the American Library Association’s press release with all the awards here. Follow the links below to view the books in the library’s catalog and place holds on them, if you wish. If there is no link, we don’t own the item, but we can always get materials for you through interlibrary loan.
Michael L. Printz Award (excellence in literature written for young adults): In Darkness by Nick Lake
Alex Awards (10 best adult books that appeal to teens): Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman, Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard, Pure by Julianna Baggott, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Margaret A. Edwards Award (lifetime achievement in writing for young adults): Tamora Pierce
Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding children’s book originally published in another country and language, then translated into English for publication in the United States): My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve
Odyssey Award (best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults): The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Pura Belpré (Author) Award (honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray the Latino cultural experience): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (most distinguished informational book for children): Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Stonewall Book Award (English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (again!)
William C. Morris Award (debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens): Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
and last but not least…
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (again!!)
If you’re in need of a good read or listen, or you have to pick a book for school, or you just need something to flip through when you’re riding in the car, these are some excellent choices. YALSA (rhymes with salsa) stands for Young Adult Library Services Association and they are completely dedicated to awesome library service and materials for teens. Check them out here and browse around their other lists. They even have a YALSA Teen Book Finder app.