ALA Youth Media Awards 2014

Check out this year's award winning titles for children & young adults!


This morning, the American Library Association announced it's picks for some of the best books for children and young adults from the previous publishing year.  Here are some of the winning titles; if you'd like to reserve or check out any of these titles click on the links to visit the library catalog.


Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

From #1 New York times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format - a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illlustrations, all rendered in the black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K.G. Campbell.



Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Locomotive by Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad.  These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.  Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by.  Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!


Coretta Scott King Author Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

This sequel to the Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven stands on its own as a funny, moving story of three sisters coming of age in the turbulent 1960s. 



Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award: Knock, Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Daniel Beaty

This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.



Odyssey Award for the best audio book produced for children and young adults: Scowler written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne and produced by Listening Library

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his 19-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler, to protect himself, his 11-year-old sister, Sarah and their mother.


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