ALA Youth Media Awards 2022 Announced

The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this morning. Below are the winners from a combination of my poor note-taking and the ALA website. I am only listing the winner for most awards. I do have the honor books for the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott. I will give my thoughts on any books I have read.

American Indian Youth Literature Award

Picture Book – Herizon by Daniel W Vendever

Middle Grade – Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

YA – Apple Skin to Core by Eric Gansworth – I read this one. I did not think it was an award-winning book when I read it. One of the honor books in this category was much better. More on that one later,

Asian Pacific American Award For Literature

Picture Book – Watercress – Andrea Wang

Childrens – Amina’s Song by Hena Khan

YA – Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Sydney Taylor Book Award

Outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Picture Book – The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel

Middle Grade– How to Find What You’re Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani

Young Adult – The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Schneider Family Book Awards

For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Younger Children– My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf

Middle Grade – A Bird Will Soar Alison Green Myers

Young Adult – Words In My Hands by Asphyxia

Stonewall Book Awards

For to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Coretta Scott King Award

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper won both the author and the illustrator award.

Alex Awards

For the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. This is one of my favorite lists to read from each year.

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki,

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

The Library of the Dead by T.L Huchu

How Lucky by Will Leitch – I read this one and liked it a lot.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

The Rose Code, by Kate Quinn

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser

Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe

Malice by Heather Walter

William C Morris Award

For a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – this was one of the best books I read last year. It was an honor book in the American Indian Award and so much better than the winner.

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction

Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield written by Gail Jarrow – This seems interesting. I will be looking for it at the library.

Printz Award

For excellence in literature written for young adults.

Honor Books – Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon, Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Winner – Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

In addition to the winner, I have also read Concrete Rose. It was as good, if not better than The Hate You Give by Thomas. I will be reading the rest soon.

Pura Belpre Award

Honoring Latinx writers and illustrators whose children’s and young adult books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Illustration – Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez

Children’s – The Last Cuentist by Donna Barba Higuera

Young Adult – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Sibert Award

For most distinguished informational book for children

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Evan Turk

Odyssey Award

For outstanding audio books.

Boogie Boogie, Y’all, produced by HarperAudio / Katherine Tegen Books, is the 2022 Odyssey Award winner for children. The book is written and narrated by C. G. Esperanza.

When You Look Like Us, produced by HarperAudio / Quill Tree Books, is the 2022 Odyssey Award winner for young adults. The book is written by Pamela N. Harris and narrated by Preston Butler III.

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Fox at Night by Corey R Tabor


Honor – “Have You Ever Seen a Flower?” illustrated and written by Shawn Harris “Mel Fell,” illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor , “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre,” illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, “Wonder Walkers,” illustrated and written by Micha Archer

Winner – Eatercress Illustrated by Jason Chinn and Written by Andrea Wang


Winner – The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Honor – Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca, A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger, Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff, Watercress by Andrea Wang


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