ALA Youth Media Awards You Might Not See Elsewhere


I’m still at ALA with one more day for Best Fiction in Young Adult committee meetings. We have a few more books to discuss, then we vote on what books to add to the list and what books need to be in our Top Ten. Flights are getting canceled all over the country, so I’m hoping one more day here will get me home with no delays.

In the meantime, I’m finding out that a few of the books awards just aren’t getting posted to ALA sites. I’m excited about these well deserving titles and am going to post all the Ethnic Awards right here in one place. Much congratulations to all the winners that I’m so happy to mention.

The organizations sponsoring awards announced yesterday have varying relationships with the American Library Association. American Indian Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of ALA, Chinese American Librarians Association,REFORMA, and the Sociedad de Bibliotecarios de Puerto Rico are all affiliates of the ALA. Each affiliate has a website separate from the ALA’s and can be joined without joining the ALA. (The APALA does not have memberships.)

The Pura Belpre Award (which appears on the ALA’s youth media awards page) is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

The Coretta Scott King Task Force was originally formed as part of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) the next year.  In 1982, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards became an officially recognized ALA award.  The Coretta Scott King Task Force joined ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) in 2003 and became the Coretta Scott Book Awards Committee.

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association are affiliates that announce their own awards. The Chinese American Library Association will award books that “promote awareness of the best books on Chinese topics or literature written in English or Chinese by authors of Chinese descent, and published originally in the North America.” Winners of the Award will be announced during the CALA annual conference on 29 June. Award categories will include “Academic Books”,  “Fiction”, “Nonfiction”, “Juvenile and Children’s Books”.  Nominees for the award are being accepted through 18 April.

I am less clear on funding for each of these awards but I do know some receive funding while others depend upon donations to exist.

I’ve read several, but look forward to extend my reading into the picture books especially. Which books do you look forward to reading?

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

 Picture Books

Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang and Ruth Greg(Disney Hyperion)


Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss illustrated by Yuko Shimizu (Abrams)


The Thinkg About Luck by Cynthia Kaddohata( Atheneum)


Vine Basket (Joanne La Valley (Clarion Books)


Jet Black and the Ninja Wind by Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani (Tuttle Publishing)


Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible by Suzanned Kamata (GemmaMedia)

American Indian Youth Literature Awards

Picture Book

Caribou Song, Atihko Oonagamoon by Tomson Highway, John Rombough  (Fifth House, 2012)

Middle School

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle (The Roadrunner Press, 2013)


Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner by Tim Tingle (7th Generation, 2013)

Young Adult

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books, 2013)


If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levin Books, 2013)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award 

“P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)


March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powelland (Top Shelf Productions)

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad)

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes (WordSong)

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier written by Daniel Beaty ( Little, Brown and Company)


Nelson Mandela illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen Books)

 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, (Roaring Brook Press)

 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press)

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle (Harcourt)

The Living by Matt de la Peña  (Delacorte Press)

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

I’ll come back in a couple of days to mention some winners of other ALA Youth Media Awards, reflect on BFYA and share the fruits of our labor.

Again, congratulations to all these winners! It’s cold!! I hope you have a good book to read!

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