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
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
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.
Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool