Inclusivity and the ALA Youth Media Awards

OK, I’m going to take a quick break from what I should be doing to do a little Youth Media Awards post.

But first….

There are more authors whose names aren’t on this list than there are. I SEE YOU!!! I READ YOUR BOOKS! Readers truly enjoy your books. So, do not be discouraged because 51yxjBroxKL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgyour name is not on this list. If you’re doing what you do with our children in your heart, then you don’t even care about awards. Those smiles and letters from young people are your awards.

A few of you got a little bling today! You being recognized for your work lifts us all up. Think about that, please. I wish you much grace, dignity and courage and you continue on.

Here are the African/African American, Asian American and Latinx authors and their work that was honored this year. source

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
WINNER: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
HONOR: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani ( Dial Books)

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Alma and How She Got Her Name illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick)
A Big Mooncake for Little Star illustrated and written by Grace Lin (Little, Brown and Company)
Thank You, Omu! illustrated and written by Oge Mora (Little, Brown and Company)

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
CSK Author Book
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield (Clarion Books)
CSK Author Honor Books
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Holiday House)
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books) The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (Wendy Lamb Books)

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award
The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes; written by Marion Dane Bauer (Candlewick Press)

CSK Illustrator Honor Book
Hidden Figures illustrated by Laura Freeman, written by Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Monica Clark-Robinson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Alice Faye Duncan (Calkins Creek)

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegen Books)

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Thank You, Omu! illustrated and written by Oge Mora (Little, Brown Young Readers)

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Harper Collins)

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
Honor book
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (Tor Teen)

Children’s Literature Legacy Award
Walter Dean Myers

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist produced by Live Oak Media, written by Susan Wood and narrated by Brian Amador
The Parker Inheritance produced by Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Varian Johnson and narrated by Cherise Booth
The Poet X produced by HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Belpré Illustrator Award
Dreamers illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books)

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books
Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa by Junot Díaz (Dial Books for Young Readers)
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana,” illustrated by Jose Ramirez, written by Michael Mahin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Pura Belpré Author Award
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

Belpré Author Honor Book
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, by David Bowles (Cinco Puntos Press)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
Honor Books
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge)
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Jose Ramirez (Atheneum Books)

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Stonewall Book Award
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender (Scholastic Press)
Honor Book
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert (Hyperion)

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial Books)

Check, Please!: #Hockey written and illustrated by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second)
Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt Books)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding international children’s book translated into English

The Fox on the Swing
 by Evelina Daciūtė, illus. by Aušra Kiudulaitė; translated from the Lithuanian by The Translation Bureau (Thames & Hudson)
Honor Books
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun; originally published in Mandarin and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin (Graphic Universe/Lerner)

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor (Delacorte Press)

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit
Picture Book 
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat (Disney-Hyperion)
Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan, illus. by Carmen Mok (Groundwood)

Children‘s Literature Winner: 
Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Levine/Scholastic)
Honor Book: 
The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio (Wendy Lamb/Random)

Young Adult 
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial)
Honor Book
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown)

The American Indian Youth Literature Award
This award will be added to the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcement beginning in 2020. The award is announced in even years and established to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.