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Monday, January 23, 2017

Read all the Youth Media Award Books in 2017 Challenge. Sign Up!

Join me in reading the YA Award Titles from the Youth Media ALA Awards. It is only 8-12 books and you will be reading the best of the best. Just sign up by adding your name to the comment section and have fun reading. The AWARDS will be announced on January 23rd in 2017. 
  • Read the 2017 Youth Media Award Winners Challenge
    The list of books was announced Jan. 23, 2017

    YA Titles only for the YM Awards

    1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 
    • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
    2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
    • When We Collided by Emery Lord
    3. Alex Awards -10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one of ten)     
    • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst// The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales// In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero// Buffering: Unshared Tales of a life Loaded by Hannah Hart// Arena by Holly Jennings// Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire// Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North// Die Young With Me: a Memoir by Rob Rufus// The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon// The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
      4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)
      • Name of author _____Sarah Dessen______________ (Choose one of his/her books)
      • Title: 
      5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) (There was a tie---Read One)
      • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
      • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
      6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author)
      • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
      7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults  (Since March, Book Three has been listed several times already, you can pick an Honor book instead)
      • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
      • Or One Honor Book: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal// In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth Davis// Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner// This Land is our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
        8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) 
        • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
        9. Coretta Scott King Steptoe Award (African American New Talent) 
                 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

        10. Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (Since March, Book Three has been listed several times already, you can pick an Honor book instead)
        • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell  
        • Or one Honor book: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson// Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin// We Will Not Be Silent: the White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
      • 11. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (Honoring an author or illustrated who has made a substantial contribution to children's literature) : Nikki Grimes (Read any book by this author) Title: _____________________________________
      • 12. Odyssey Award (Audio Book)
        • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, narrated by Allan Couduner

      *********Below the line are Youth Media Award Winners which are geared towards children or middle grade students. You may read them if you like, but they are not part of this challenge 
      *13. Batchelder Award (Translated into English) None of the titles are YA books
      • Cry Heart But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, translated from Danish
      *14. Newbery Medal (Best Children's Literature) None of the Titles are YA books
      • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
      *15. Caldecott Medal (Best Illustrated Picture Book) None of the titles are YA Books
      • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
      *16. Pura Belpre (Latino author) None of the titles are YA books this year
      • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Raul Gonzalez

      If you REALLY want to challenge yourself, you can read some or all the honor books in each category, too. OR you could move down and include books for the Junior and Children's Award categories like the Newbery, Caldecott, Siebert, etc. But I draw the line at YA books. That is enough for me. The full list of all winners and honor books will be listed on the Youth Media Awards 2017 Page after January 23, 2017.

      Join me. Sign up by adding your name and an email or a hyperlink to your blog on the comment section. Then stay tuned and keep in touch. Let me know how you are doing. Happy reading. Just and paste this page to your blog and I will contact you when the titles are available! 


      1. Helen of Helen's Book Blog is totally in for this one! Thank you for reminding me of this challenge!

      2. Yay - I always try to check out the Printz and Morris nominees!
        Jen @ YA Romantics

      3. Extra motivation to stay current in YA lit!!!

      4. I am going to go for it! I'm a high school librarian and try to keep up with the YA award winners.

      5. This is one of my professional goals...to read more YA titles. Count me in!

      6. How fun! I love YA & this challenge will ensure I read the award winners! Amy


      I look forward to your comments and interactions! Join in the conversation.