ALA's Youth Media Awards: Celebrating the Best in Books and Media for Youth


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The much anticipated American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced Monday to an enthusiastic crowd at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA's Youth Media Awards are selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts. They serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the very best materials for youth.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

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

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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

In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.

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

Back to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.

A Dog Called Homeless written by Sarah Lean and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.

The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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

Caring is Creepy
by David Zimmerman
published by Soho Press, Inc.

Girlchild
by Tupelo Hassman
published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Juvenile in Justice
by Richard Ross
published by Richard Ross.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts
an imprint of Abrams.

One Shot at Forever
by Chris Ballard
published by Hyperion.

Pure,
by Julianna Baggott
published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home
by Carol Rifka Brunt
published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple
published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

 

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:

Katja Torneman, producer of Anna, Emma and the Condors, is the Carnegie Medal winner.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2013 winner is Katherine Paterson. Paterson was born in China in 1932 to missionary parents and grew up in the American South, moving eighteen times before she was 18. After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, she herself became a missionary in Japan. She returned to the U.S. to attend the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she met and married John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister. Her first book, The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, was published in 1973. Katherine Paterson currently lives in Barre, Vermont.

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

Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories and writing, and in 1983, she published her first book in the Song of the Lioness series. She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in Syracuse, New York.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

My Family for the War is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as Liverpool Street, the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Gary D. Schmidt and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.

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:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the Stonewall Award winner.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Up, Tall and High! written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss Award winner. The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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

Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2013 Excellence winner. The book is published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit www.ala.org/yma.

Image:
Crowd reaction at the 2013 Youth Media Awards Ceremony in Seattle.
Photo by: Curtis Compton, ALA Cognotes.

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