Monday, January 11, 2016

ALA Award Books Are In!

Having signed up for the ALA Awards challenge at My Head is Full of Books, I was excited to see the announcements come out today (especially since I'd totally forgotten it was happening!).  I'm busy with the CYBILS finalists right now, so I don't know that I'll get to any of these right away, but it's still exciting to see which books won.

I went ahead and jotted down runners up as well as the final picks, since many of those were on my radar also.  There are a few books I've never heard of, which is exciting as well.  Titles that are highlighted in green are ones I'd already read in 2015.

The full announcement is here.  Because it's a YA challenge, none of the children's books are on my list below.  But I'm super pleased that YA authors Meg Medina and Matt de la Peña both won awards with their picture books!

I found it interesting and almost (but not quite) humorous that the publisher is listed in complete detail on each announcement.  Obviously, publishers are very important to both authors and readers.  But c'mon--who's really winning these awards?

Reading through the awards, it occurred to me that I know who the Corretta Scott King and Stonewall awards are named for, but I wasn't sure about any of the others.  Stay tuned for a a blog post on origins of YA book awards in the near future.

As for category #3, the adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the only one I am familiar with is the Humans of New York book.  Does anyone have any recommendations from the remaining nine on that list?

1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year)


  • Bone Gap
  • Out of Darkness, The Ghosts of Heaven
2. Schneider Family Book Award (Living with a disability)
  • Fish in a Tree (MG)
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (YA)

3. Alex Awards-- -10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one of ten)
"All Involved," by Ryan Gattis
"Between the World and Me," by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Bones & All," by Camille DeAngelis
"Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits," by David Wong
"Girl at War," by Sara Novic
"Half the World," by Joe Abercrombie
"Humans of New York: Stories," by Brandon Stanton
"Sacred Heart," by Liz Suburbia,
"Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League," by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
"The Unraveling of Mercy Louis," by Keija Parssinen


4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author)
  • Author: David Leviathan (Choose one of his/her books)
  • Title: probably Boy Meets Boy or Another Day
5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT theme)
  • George by Alix Gino
  • The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Koenigsberg
  • "Wonders of the Invisible World," written by Christopher Barzak
6. William C. Morris Award (First novel by author)
  • "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda," written by Becky Albertalli
  • "Because You'll Never Meet Me," written by Leah Thomas, "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly," written by Stephanie Oakes, "Conviction," written by Kelly Loy Gilbert, "The Weight of Feathers," written by Anna-Marie McLemore
7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
  • "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War," written by Steve Sheinkin
  • "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir," written by Margarita Engle, "First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race," written by Tim Grove,  "Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad," written by M.T. Anderson, "This Strange Wilderness:  The Life and Art of John James Audubon," written by Nancy Plain
8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author)
  • "Gone Crazy in Alabama," written by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • "All American Boys," by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; "The Boy in the Black Suit," by Jason Reynolds, and "X: A Novel," by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
9. Odyssey Award (Best audiobook)
  • "The War that Saved My Life," produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2016 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  • "Echo," produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Munoz Ryanand narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler
10.  Batchelder Award (Translated into English)
  • "Adam and Thomas," written by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green


11. Pura Belpre (Latino Author)
  • "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir," written by Margarita Engle
  • The Smoking Mirror," written by David Bowles
12. Other awards like Newbery, Caldecott, Siebert, etc. can be included if the book is a YA title, but these are usually given out to lower level readers.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
  • Jaqueline Woodson
  • probably Brown Girl Dreaming, or maybe Feathers



1 comment:

  1. Porcupine of Truth and Humans of New York were two of my very few 5 star ratings last year (I give out very few 5 star ratings. I also enjoyed Fish in a Tree and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I'm surprised Between the World and Me was felt to appeal to teen readers. I'm almost afraid to put it in writing, but I really struggled with getting into this book (and maybe I didn't give it enough time). It was very "heady" and intellectual. Thanks for sharing this list!

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