ALA Youth Media Awards

Last week, the American Library Association announced the winners of some of the most prestigious book awards in children's and young adult literature, including the Newberry and Caldecott medals.  Here are a few of the winning books; if you'd like to check out or reserve any of these books, click the titles to visit our library catalog.

Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan's transformative emergence from the "Aple at Exit 8" to "The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback," comes to life through the gorilla's own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope, and humanity.

 

 

Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it's wrong to steal a hat.  It fits him just right.  But the big fish wants his hat back.  Klassen's controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.

 

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Hand in Hand is a collective biography of ten well-known African American men who dramatically changed history.  Each acted wtih fervor and rose to greatness through education and how they chose to live their lives.  Pinkney's focus on that point makes this a unique and refreshing collection.

 

 

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award:  I, Too Am America by Bryan Collier

In I, Too Am America, Collier offers a picture book rendition of Langston Hughes' famous poem as a tribute to Pullman porters.  His trademark mixed-media collage illustrations and visual symbolism engage readers, invoking the sensation of movement and the unstoppable changes in our collective American history.

 

 

Odyssey Award for the best audio book produced for children and young adults: The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd and produced by Brilliance Audio

The Fault in Our Stars perfectly captures the mercurial characters of Hazel Grace and Augustus, teens whose chance meeting in a cancer support group, surprises them both as they embark on an emotional roller coaster of a journey. 

 

 



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