2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

I’ve come to realize that getting a book published and to market is an award unto itself. To be honored for that accomplished is an amazing thing. I want to congratulate all the winners announced today at the ALA Youth Media Awards event and I want to particularly recognize marginalized authors for their honors.

Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature in 2016

Matt de la Peńa for Last Stop on Market Street.

Newbery Honor Books

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Caldecott Honor Books for the most distinguished picture books

Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier and words by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Voice of Freedom:  Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press.

Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Jerry Pinkney

Edwards Award honors significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.

David Levithan 

Coretta Scott King Awards honors outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The annual award is presented by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the American Library Association.

Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Jerry Pinkney

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award

Trombone Shorty by Bryan Collier

Honor books:

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peńa

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor books:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Site by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel by Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Hoodoo by Roland L. Smith

Corette Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Robert R. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children.

Duncan Tonatiuhrafa author/illustrator of Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.

Author Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Her selection recognizes a career contribution to children’s literature. At the same time, the lecturer “shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature”, to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries.

Pura Belpé honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The awards are administered by the ALSC and REFORMA.

Rafael López, illustrator of The Drum Dream Girl

Margarita Engle, author of Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Honor Books for Illustration

My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford.

Mango, Abuela, and Me illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina.

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Honor Books for Narrative

The Smoking Mirror written by David Bowles

Mango, Abuela, and Me written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Stonewall Awards honors books for exceptional merit relaing to the Gay/lesbian/transgender experience.

George by Alex Gino

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Alex Awards recognizes adult books with special appeal to teen readers.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Undocumented”: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Click here for a complete list of winners.

3 thoughts on “2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

  1. I screeched a little for BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME; I’d forgotten that there was a YA/Adult crossover award – so pleased that book received more honors – and for LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, which I just LOVE.


  2. All very exciting. There is an author that I think is spectacular who is overlooked in these awards: Coe Booth. I thought her book Kinda Like Brothers was brilliant. Her books are real, complex, and kids love them.


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