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.
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.
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
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
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