The YMA Awards were announced last night and the YA winners are: (For the full list click here)
1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year)
2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (An author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)
5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) :
6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author)
7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
8. Coretta Scott King Book Award (African American Author)
10. Odyssey Award (Audio Book)
11. Sibert Informational Book Award (Distinguished Informational books)
- Twelve Days in My: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner -Award (Ages 10-17)
12. Mildred Batchelder Award (Translated into English)
- (Both the winner and the honor books are middle grade or children's books)
13. Laura Ingalls Wilder Author Award (An author or illustrator whose work has had a substantial and lasting effect on Children's literature)
- Author name: Jacqueline Woodson
14. Newbery Medal (Most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
- (The award book and one honor book are for middle grade or children readers)
Comments: I am generally very pleased with this year's winners and honor books. I have read a lot of the titles, which I have highlighted in yellow, and I have heard of most of the others. Books marked with the aqua highlight were part of the Bethel School District Mock Printz list of books. Every year we try to divine which books will be those that receive awards. We didn't do too bad this year! As in the past, many of the awards did not honor any YA titles, but this year many more categories than usual DID give an award or an honor to at least one YA title. I was really, especially pleased to see that the Newbery Medal, the oldest and most prestigious of all book awards for children's literature, gave honors to two YA titles.
Surprises: I am surprised to see We Are Okay as the Printz winner. I read the book and really didn't like it. I know that happens sometimes. When I would hear other people praise it I would wonder if we actually read the same book. Maybe I'd better go back and try it again. The other surprise was the honor for Strange the Dreamer. I just told someone this past weekend that I hoped it would win something but I doubted it would because it is the first book in a series. Well, I was wrong and I am glad about it. One more surprise. I have not even heard of any of the Alex Award books. These are the adult titles that have crossover appeal for teens. I used to try to purchase a few of them for my library. The new librarian may have to do some deep research to determine if she wants any of these titles. I can't say anything about any of them.
For the complete list of awards and winners, including middle grade and children's titles, click here.
Now I guess we'd all better get out our list of books we want to read and add a few more titles to it. Happy reading.