Youth & Teen Book Awards Announced!

For at least a year librarians all over the country read, and read, and read and then in the dead of winter in some predetermined location (this time it was Philadelphia) they meet at their annual conference and discuss, and argue and determine the best books, audio and video for children and teens! On Monday, January 27 the ALA (American Library Association) hosted the Youth Media Awards and came up with their best picks. Without further ado find out what books you should start reading NOW! The big three awards are the Newbery, Caldecott and the Printz, but there are many other awards so be sure to look through the whole list!

The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

2014 Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure, by Kate DiCamillo

Honor Books:
Doll Bones, by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2014 Winner: Locomotive, illustrated and written by Brian Floca

Honor Books:
Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

2014 Winner:
Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

Honor Books:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Other Awards:

The Batchelder Award is given 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.

2014 Winner: Mister Orange written by Truus Matti, and translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson.

Honor Books:
The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life, written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
My Father’s Arms Are a Boat written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter
The War Within These Walls written by Aline Sax

The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

2014 Author Winner:
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass written by Meg Medina

2014 Illustrator Winner:
Niño Wrestles the World illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

Honor Books:
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist written by Margarita Engle
The Living,” written by Matt de la Peña
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (for Author and Illustrator)
Maria Had a Little Llama illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez
Tito Puente: Mambo King,” illustrated by Rafael López

The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year.

2014 Winner:
Bink and Gollie: Two for One

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

2014 Winner:
The Watermelon Seed,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Honor Books:
Ball,” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan
A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Penny and Her Marble,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

This Odyssey award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

2014 Winner:
Scowler,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Honor Books:
Better Nate Than Ever,”produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle
Creepy Carrots!” produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., and written by Aaron Reynolds
Eleanor & Park produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
Matilda,” produced by Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.

The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

2014 Winner:
Parrots over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth,

Honor Books:
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard,written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive ”written and illustrated by Brian Floca
he Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius,written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.
2014 Winner:
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi written by Neal Bascomb
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design written by Chip Kidd
mprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II written by Martin W. Sandler
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers written by Tanya Lee Stone
The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy written by James L. Swanson

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

2014 Winner:
Charm & Strange written by Stephanie Kuehn

Sex & Violence written by Carrie Mesrobian
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets written by Evan Roskos
Belle Epoque written by Elizabeth Ross
n the Shadow of Blackbirds written by Cat Winters

The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. Each year the recognize an author and an illustrator.

2014 Author Winner:
P.S. Be Eleven, written by Rita Williams-Garcia

2014 Illustrator Winner:
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author & Illustrator Honor Books:

March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Darius & Twig,written by Walter Dean Myers
Words with Wings, written by Nikki Grimes
Nelson Mandela, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

2014 Winner:
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant (for younger children)
Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell (for middle grade children)
Rose under Fire, written by Elizabeth Wein (for teens)

The Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

2014 Winner:
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Honor Books:
Better Nate Than Ever, written by Tim Federle
Branded by the Pink Triangle, written by Ken Setterington
Two Boys Kissing,”written by David Levithan


And the Alex Award! Which is my favorite, well, and the Printz.

Alex Awards are given for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

"Brewster," written by Mark Slouka
"The Death of Bees," written by Lisa O'Donnell
"Golden Boy: A Novel," written by Abigail Tarttelin
"Help for the Haunted," written by John Searles Morrow
"Lexicon: A Novel," written by Max Barry
"Lives of Tao," written by Wesley Chu
"Mother, Mother: A Novel," written by Koren Zailckas Crown
"Relish," written by Lucy Knisley
"The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel," written by Katja Millay
"The Universe Versus Alex Woods," written by Gavin Extence

So many good books to read!

!!! I really wish Kingdom of Little Wounds had won, but I guess we can't have everything in life. (Thanks for the Alex books as well!)


Always good to get ideas for books my kids can read.