American Library Association 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Genres: Children's Fiction (Tween), Young Adult


Last night while everyone was watching the Golden Globes Awards, I was obsessively trying to predict this years ALA Youth Media Award Winners… (while watching the GGA) 🙂

ALA Youth Media Awards IS the Librarian’s Award Show.

I have to say that I am thrilled with the outcome! I am ecstatic with the diversity among the winners this year!

Just in case you missed the announcement, you can see all the winners here.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature…newberry

laststoponmarketstreetLast Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. Illustrated by Christian Robinson

 Newbery Honor Books..


51Ykf-wSFCL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

51mVuiXHJeL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson 

51kN0WXF3RL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children…

caldecott-medal61o-eULVflL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Sophie Blackall

cadecot61RxaSiIfzL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews

51iVYls2dtL._SX392_BO1,204,203,200_Waiting by Kevin Henkes,

maeVoice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford


Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Pena

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.


gcaGone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia



All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely


The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds


X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award



Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner.


The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson


Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Pena

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

CSK Steptoe Seal - WatermarkhoodooHoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award


Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement


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

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults

Printz-GoldboneBone Gap by Laura Ruby

PRINTZAWARDhershmanofdOut of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

ghostsThe Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

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


emmEmmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls and published by Schwartz & Wade Books wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.

41Kta91P3xL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

51Ykf-wSFCL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are the winners of the middle-school (ages 11-13).

51xNP+bp1LL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B  by Teresa Toten,  teen award winner (ages 13-18)

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

Alex-AWARDSWinner_lowres-254x25051OaJXGzQNL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_All Involved by Ryan Gattis

worldBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

516GFGMCHGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

futFuturistic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

moonGirl at War by Sara Novic

halfgHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie

humansHumans of New York: Stories

scarSacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

51G6nGAqVYL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

51+h4i0zlkL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Unraveling of Mercy Louis  by Keija Parssinen

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.


David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner


Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.



The Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Margarita Engle 

Honor Books for illustration

61-lVcHoAPL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

abuelaMango, Abuela, and Me illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina

dayFunny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpre (Author) Award

birdEnchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Belpre Author Honor Books

mirrorThe Smoking Mirror by David Bowles

abuelaMango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children



Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sibert Honor Books


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 by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.


2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards

George by Alex Gino

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg 

Two Honor Books

Wonders of the Invisible World  by Christopher Barzak

Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book


Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Geisel Honor Books

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske

Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

 Books were finalists for the award

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Books were finalists for the award


Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

Here are a few pictures of Michael & I with the winners!

mattMatt De La Pena

jasonJason Reynolds

MichaleDavid Bowles and Michael!

ashelyAuthor Panel with Ashley Hope Perez

davidlDavid Levithan

These were taken at different Book Events in the last few years…