Monday, June 01, 2015

The 2015 American Library Association’s Youth Media Award Winners

The 2015 American Library Association’s Youth Media Award Winners

By Lisa Patrick, Literacy Collaborative Trainer


According to the American Library Association:

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.”


The 2015 American Library Association’s youth media award winners are compiled below from the ALA news announcement, in the order listed on the press release:


John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:



The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander.



El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell.

Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson.


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:



The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat.



Nana in the City, illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo.

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré,   written by Barb Rosenstock.

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett.

Viva Frida, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Yuyi Morales.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant.

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki. 


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:



Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson.



The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander.

How I Discovered Poetry, written by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper.

How It Went Down, written by Kekla Magoon.


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:



Firebird, illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland.



Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Patricia Hruby Powell.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown.


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:


When I Was the Greatest, written by Jason Reynolds.


Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:


Deborah D. Taylor


Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:



I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson.



And We Stay, written by Jenny Hubbard.

The Carnival at Bray, written by Jessie Ann Foley.

Grasshopper Jungle, written by Andrew Smith.

This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.


Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:


Winner (ages 0-10)

A Boy and Jaguar, written by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien.


Winner (ages 11-13)

Rain Reign, written by Ann M. Martin.


Winner (ages 13-18)

Girls Like Us, written by Gail Giles.


Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:


All the Light We Cannot See, written by Anthony Doerr.

Bellweather Rhapsody, written by Kate Racculia.

Bingo’s Run, written by James A. Levine.

Confessions, written by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder.

Everything I Never Told You, written by Celeste Ng.

Lock In, written by John Scalzi.

The Martian, written by Andy Weir.

The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, written by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles.

Those Who Wish Me Dead, written by Michael Koryta.

Wolf in White Van, written by John Darnielle.


Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:


Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard, Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of Me…Jane, are the Carnegie Medal winners. This transcendent adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s 2012 Caldecott Honor draws viewers into the childhood of a young Jane Goodall who, with beloved stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee, is transformed by what she observes in her own backyard, a “magical world full of joy and wonder.” 


Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:


Sharon M. Draper


May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:


Pat Mora will deliver the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture.


Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:



Mikis and the Donkey, written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson.



Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust, written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano, color by Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel.

Nine Open Arms, written by Benny Lindelauf, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen.


Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States



H. O. R. S. E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination, produced by Live Oak Media, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.



Five, Six, Seven, Nate! produced by AUDIOWORKS (Children’s) an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc., written by Tim Federle, narrated by Tim Federle.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Julie Berry, narrated by Jayne Entwistle.

A Snicker of Magic, produced by Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Natalie Lloyd, narrated by Cassandra Morris.


Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:



Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, written by Meg Medina.



The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, written by Margarita Engle.

The Living, written by Matt de la Peña.

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:



I Lived on Butterfly Hill, written by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White.



Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón.


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:



The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.



Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, written and illustrated by Katherine Roy.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.


Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:



This Day in June, written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten.



Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, written and photographed by Susan Kuklin.

I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, written by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant.


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:



You Are (Not) Small, written by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.



Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page, written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard.

Waiting Is Not Easy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems.


William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:        



Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, written by Isabel Quintero.



The Carnival at Bray, written by Jessie Ann Foley.

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, written by E.K. Johnston.

The Scar Boys, written by Len Vlahos.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, written by Leslye Walton.


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults



Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, written by Maya Van Wagenen. 



Laughing at My Nightmare, written by Shane Burcaw.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming.

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business-and Won! written by Emily Arnold McCully.

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, written by Steve Sheinkin.