Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston.

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John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, is the 2016 Newbery Medal winner.

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: 
The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
Echo (available as an ebook), written by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick.

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 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, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Bone Gap, written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Two Printz Honor Books also were named:
Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Pérez
The Ghosts of Heaven (available as an ebook), by Marcus Sedgwick

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Don’t Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks is the Seuss Award winner.

Three Geisel Honor Books were named: A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske, Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage, and Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is the Sibert Award winner. 
Four Sibert Honor Books were named: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated 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.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Gone Crazy in Alabama (available as an ebook), written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected:
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely an
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds
X: A Novel (available as an ebook), by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was 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, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
Hoodoo, written by Ronald L. Smith, is the Steptoe author award winner.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner. The book is written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
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.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls, wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.


Fish in a Tree, written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are the winners of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, written by Teresa Toten is the teen (ages 13-18) award winner.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
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

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:
Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producer of That Is NOT a Good Idea, is the Carnegie Medal winner. In an innovative adaptation of this read-aloud favorite, Goose accepts an invitation to accompany Fox on a simple stroll – or is it? Watch along with a comical chorus of goslings as they react to this cautionary tale.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
The 2016 winner is Jerry Pinkney, whose award-winning works include The Lion and the Mouse, recipient of the Caldecott Award in 2010. In addition, Pinkney has received five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
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.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. The author of more than two dozen books for young readers, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the NAACP Image Award, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:
The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy is the 2016 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in French in 2014 as Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit, the book was written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: Adam and Thomas, published by Seven Stories Press, written by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green; Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village, published by NorthSouth Books, an imprint of Nordsüd Verlag AG, written by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin; and Written and Drawn by Henrietta, published by TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, LLC and written, illustrated and translated from the Spanish by Liniers.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
The War that Saved My Life, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2016 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.
One Odyssey Honor Recording also was selected: Echo, produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
The Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Margarita Engle.
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were selected: My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata, illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina; and Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner.
Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: The Smoking Mirror, written by David Bowles; and Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
George, written by Alex Gino, and The Porcupine of Truth, written by Bill Konigsberg, are the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards respectively.
Two honor books were selected: Wonders of the Invisible World, written by Christopher Barzak, and Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, written by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth and illustrated by Fiona Smyth.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner.

 Four other books were finalists for the award: Because You’ll Never Meet Me, written by Leah Thomas, Conviction, written by Kelly Loy Gilbert, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, written by Stephanie Oakes, and The Weight of Feathers, written by Anna-Marie McLemore.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2016 Excellence winner.
Four other books were finalists for the award: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle, First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, written by Tim Grove, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, written by M.T. Anderson, and This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, written by Nancy Plain.

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