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Monday, January 27, 2020

ALA Youth Media Awards 2020

The YMA Awards were announced this morning and the YA winners are: (For the full list click here)
My list only reflects YA winners(with a few middle grade titles thrown in here and there.)

1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 
  • Dig by A.S. King- Award
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi- Honor
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki- Honor
  • Ordinary Hazards: a Memoir by Nikki Grimes-Honor
  • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean- Honor

2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
  • Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein (Ages 13-18)-Award
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais- Honor 
3. Alex Awards - 10 Best adult books that appeal to teen audiences   
  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (Fletcher)
  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (Oh)
  • Dominicana (Cruz)
  • Gender Queer: a Memoir (Kobabe)
  • High School (Quin and Quin)
  • In Waves (Dungo)
  • Middlegame (McGuire)
  • The Nickel Boys (Whitehead)
  • Read, White, and Royal Blue (McQuiston)
  • The Swallows (Lutz)
4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (An author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)
  • Name of author : Steve Sheinkin
5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBTQ+) :
  • Black Flamingo by Dean Atta- YA Award
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi - Honor
  • Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian- Honor 
  • (The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy-Honor, Middle Grade title)
6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author)
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe- Award
7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 
  • Free Lunch by Rex Ogle- Award
8. Coretta Scott King Book Award (African American Author) 
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft-Award
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
9. Coretta Scott King Author-Steptoe New Talent
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
10. Pura Belpre (Latinx Author) 
  • (The Award and honor books are all for middle grade or children readers this year.)
11Odyssey Award (Audio Book)
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka- Award
  • Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt- Honor
  • (The other three honor books are middle grade or children's books)
12. Sibert Informational  Book Award (Distinguished Informational books)
  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy-Honor
  • Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes
  • (The award winner and two other honor books for children or middle grade readers)
13. Mildred Batchelder Award (Translated into English)
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi - Honor, translated from Japanese
  • (The award book and other titles were for younger readers)
14. Children's Literature Legacy Award (An author or illustrator whose work has had a substantial and lasting effect on Children's literature)
  • Author name: Kevin Henkes
15. Newbery Medal (Most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft-Award
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
  • (Three honor books are for younger readers)
16. Caldecott Medal
  • (All Award book and honor books are for children readers.)
17. The Sydney Taylor Award (Jewish experience)
  • Someday We Will Fly by Rachel deWosken - YA Award
  • Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work by Victoria Ortiz- Honor
  • Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
18.  American Indian Youth Literature award
  • Hearts Unbroken, written by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee)- YA Award
  • Surviving the City, written by Tasha Spillett (Nehiyaw-Trinidadian)- Honor
  • Reawakening Our Ancestors’ Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing, gathered and compiled by Angela Hovak Johnston (Inuk)- Honor
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, written by Debbie Reese (NambĂ© Owingeh) and Jean Mendoza -Honor
  • Apple in the Middle, written by Dawn Quigley (Ojibwe, Turtle Mountain Band)- Honor
19.  Asian/Pacific American Literature Award
  • They Called Us Enemy, written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott, illustrated by Harmony Becker- YA Award
  • Frankly in Love, written by David Yoon
So many good books. Let's get reading. (Highlighted books or authors are those I have read.)


  1. I've only read New Kid, Hey Kiddo, Laura Dean, Pet, Redwood and Ponytail, and a few Sheinkin books. What an exciting list though, huh?!?

  2. I was so excited to see a number of these books, especially New Kidd!

    1. As you see, I've read very few of them. But I have added New Kid to my TBR. I will attempt to read all the Printz winners but can't make any promises beyond that.

  3. Wow, what a list! The only one I've read is Hey, Kiddo (which was great) and I have Indigenous People's History on my nightstand. The others I need to get to! I didn't read as much YA as usual last year so I need to rectify that this year.


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