The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 28 at the American Library Association Midwinter conference in Seattle. These include the prestigious Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Pura Belpré Book Awards, among others. A full listing of the award recipients is available here,
I'd like to commend all of the ALSC Awards committee members for their time spent considering and deliberating on what they each felt were the strongest offerings suitable for each award given at the 2019 YMA. I would also like to extend a special congratulations to the awards winners and honorees who have shared their works on The Children's Book Podcast. You can listen to the stories behind the books through any of the episodes below.
JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
NEWBERY HONOR winner Veera Hiranandani for THE NIGHT DIARY (Episode 436)
RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
CALDECOTT HONOR winner Juana Martinez-Neal for ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME (Episode 433)
CALDECOTT HONOR winner Brian Lies for THE ROUGH PATCH (Episode 484)
CALDECOTT HONOR winner Oge Mora for THANK YOU, OMU! (Episode 473)
CALDECOTT HONOR winner Grace Lin for A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR (Episode 481)
CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults:
KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD HONOR winner R. Gregory Christie for MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP: THE SANITATION STRIKE OF 1968, written by Alice Faye Duncan (Episode 475)
CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE NEW TALENT AWARD to affirm new talent:
STEPTOE ILLUSTRATOR AWARD winner Oge Mora for THANK YOU, OMU! (Episode 473)
SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
FOR TEENS winner Mark Oshiro for ANGER IS A GIFT (Episode 465)
MILDRED L. BATCHELDER AWARDfor an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
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:
STONEWALL AWARD winner Jessica Love for JULIÁN IS A MERMAID (Episode 438)
WILLIAM C. MORRIS AWARD for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
WILLIAM C. MORRIS AWARD recipient Vesper Stamper for WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS (Episode 429)
YALSA AWARD for excellence in nonfiction for young adults:
YALSA AWARD FINALIST recipient Jarrett J. Krosoczka for HEY, KIDDO: HOW I LOST MY MOTHER, FOUND MY FATHER, AND DEALT WITH FAMILY ADDITION (Episode 469)
THE SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD Is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.
TEEN READERS AWARD winner Vesper Stamper for WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS (Episode 429)
Holy guacamole there were a ton of books worth celebrating in 2018. I'm so grateful to have had the good fortune to interview so many of these and more bookmakers continuing the hard work of helping our students be seen in stories. Congratulations again to all of the winners!
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