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2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

2016 ALA Youth Media Awards January 2016
The Winning Books Have Been Announced!

On Monday the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the biggest children's book awards of the year (and I got to attend the ceremony!) Read below to see if your favorite books are represented, and to discover some new gems.

--- Shara Zaval (shara@bookreporter.com)

 

The John Newbery Medal

The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

- The winner of the John Newbery Medal is LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson.

- Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson; and ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Click here to read more about the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the honor books.

 
The Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. Receiving the Caldecott Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

- The winner for the Randolph Caldecott Medal is FINDING WINNIE: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.

- Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: TROMBONE SHORTY, illustrated by Bryan Collier and 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 and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the honor books.

 
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

- The winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is FUNNY BONES: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh.

- Four Sibert Honor Books were named: DROWNED CITY: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans 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.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winners of the Robert F. Sibert Medal and the honor books.

 
The Coretta Scott King Awards

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Books Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award is GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia.

- Three King Author Honor Books were selected: ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award is TROMBONE SHORTY illustrated by Bryan Collier and 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 and written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; and LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award is HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith.

- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award is VOICE OF FREEDOM: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards.

 
The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of distinguished and beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. The award is presented annually and in even years (i.e. 2012, 2014, 2016…) to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

In alternate years (i.e. 2011, 2013, 2015…), the award honors a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities/programs.

Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. 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.

 

Click here to learn more about the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 
The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor

The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The organization counts selection as the lecturer among its "Book & Media Awards", for selection recognizes a career contribution to children's literature. At the same time, the lecturer "shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature", to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries.

The 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Jacqueline Woodson. 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.

Click here to learn more about the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor.

 

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented annually to both the author(s) and illustrator(s) of an outstanding book for beginning readers published in the past calendar year. The winning author(s) and illustrator(s) must demonstrate great creativity to engage children in reading. The first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award was presented in 2006 to author Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Suçie Stevenson for HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE GREAT GRANDPAS.

- The winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is DON'T THROW IT TO MO! written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks.

- 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.
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and the honor books.

 
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

- The winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is THE WONDERFUL FLUFFY LITTLE SQUISHY. 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.
 
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the honor books.

 
The Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré Award (Illustrator) is THE DRUM DREAM GIRL illustrated by Rafael López. The book was written by Margarita Engle.

- Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named: MY TATA'S REMEDIES = LOS REMEDIOS DE MI TATA illustrated by Antonio Castro L. and written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME illustrated by Angela Dominguez and written by Meg Medina; and FUNNY BONES: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré (Author) Award is ENCHANTED AIR: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle.

- Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: THE SMOKING MIRROR by David Bowles; and MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME written by Meg Medina and illustrated by Angela Dominguez.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winners of the Pura Belpré Award and the honor books.

 
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is presented to the producer of the best audiobook produced for youth available in English in the United States. The first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production was given in January 2008. Honor titles may also be selected. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

- The winner of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. The book is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.

- One Odyssey Honor Recording was also selected: ECHO, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.
 
 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Odyssey Award and the honor books.

 
The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Children's Book Award is EMMANUEL'S DREAM: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Middle School Book Award is FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

- The winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten.
 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The 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.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

 
The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.

- The winners of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, respectively, are GEORGE by Alex Gino and THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg.

- Two honor books were selected: WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD 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.

 

 

Click here to read more about the winners of the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award.

 

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