All About the ALAYMAs! (American Library Association Youth Media Awards)

I LOVE Awards Season! Every year at the Midwinter conference of the American Library Association, committees name the best books of the year. Many of the categories are likely familiar to you: Newbery is the year’s best Children’s literature by an American author, the Caldecott honors the best illustrations. The Printz is the best Young Adult literature of the year (and we have a brand new Printz bibliography for you here at SDL.)

There are a lot of other awards that might not be as famous, but which honor important categories in the world of youth and teen literature and art.  Here’s a sampling of some of this year’s winners in the Teen Department:

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. “New Kid” written by Jerry Craft, is the King Author Book winner. Three King Author Honor Books were also selected: “The Stars and the Blackness Between Them,” by Junauda Petrus ; “Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky,” by Kwame Mbalia; and “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks,” by Jason Reynolds.

Margaret A. Edwards Award is for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. The 2020 winner is Steve Sheinkin. His books include: “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” and “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery”.

Odyssey Award is the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults: “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction,” by Jarrett Krosoczka is the 2020 Odyssey Award winner.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults went to “Free Lunch,” written by Rex Ogle, is the 2020 Excellence winner. This is also the current pick for the Pizza and Pages Teen Book Group.  (Check out my review here: Free Lunch)

I could go on and on! However, as always happens with Awards Season, I now have added to my already huge TBR (to be read) pile. Check out all of the awards here: ALAYMA. 

If I am not on the reference desk, you can likely find me curled up with a book.
Happy reading!