Today was the big announcement of award winning books from this past year at the Youth Media Awards. Committees worked hard to nominate and select award winning books. As a parent and teacher these are the books that I try my best to include in our reading from the current year and years past. These YMA Awards are the top books based on their content and illustrations.
Here’s a look at the awards winners for 2016 and the categories that they represent. I encourage you to read through a few of the categories this year with your child as a challenge. Be sure to sign up for our YMA Book Challenge
This past year I’ve connected with a few of these authors by watching KidLit.TV. It made watching the announcements so much more special to me and my kids. If you haven’t watched already be sure to check out the KidLit TV Storymakers videos of
The American Library Association (ALA) just announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. Here’s a list of the 2016 award winners for children. If you have a teenager be sure to visit I Love Libraries for the complete list of young adults. In addition you will find all of the publishers there.
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John Newbery Medal
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: “Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña, is the 2016 Newbery Medal winner. This is the first time a picture book has won this medal!
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Randolph Caldecott Medal
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick.
Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews. “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes. “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford , “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña.
Coretta Scott King Book Award
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; “The Boy in the Black Suit,” by Jason Reynolds, and “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.
Coretta Scott King Book Award (illustrator)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.
Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: “Hoodoo,” written by Ronald L. Smith, is the Steptoe author award winner.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner. The book is written by Carole Boston Weatherford.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Michael L. Printz Award
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “Bone Gap,” written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.
Schneider Family Book Award
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: “Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah,” written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls. “Fish in a Tree,” written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, “The War that Saved My Life,” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, are the winners of the middle-school (ages 11-13). The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B,” written by Teresa Toten.
Andrew Carnegie Medal
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2016 winner is Jerry Pinkney, whose award-winning works include “The Lion and the Mouse,” recipient of the Caldecott Award in 2010. In addition, Pinkney has received five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors.
Margaret A. Edwards Award
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: “The Realm of Possibility,” “Boy Meets Boy,” “Love is the Higher Law,” “How They Met, and Other Stories,” “Wide Awake” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”.
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
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. Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming .” The author of more than two dozen books for young readers, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the NAACP Image Award, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Jacqueline Woodson
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States: “The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy” is the 2016 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in French in 2014 as “Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit,” the book was written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “Adam and Thomas,” published by Seven Stories Press, written by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green; “Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village,” published by NorthSouth Books, an imprint of Nordsüd Verlag AG, written by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin; and “Written and Drawn by Henrietta,” published by TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, LLC and written, illustrated and translated from the Spanish by Liniers.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: “Don’t Throw It to Mo!,” written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks is the Seuss Award winner.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named: “A Pig, a Fox, and a Box,” written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske; “Supertruck,” written and illustrated by Stephen Savage; and “Waiting,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “The Drum Dream Girl,” illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Margarita Engle.
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were selected: “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 and published by Candlewick Press: and “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Pura Belpré (Author) Award:
Pura Belpré (Author) Award: “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” written by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is the Sibert Award winner.
Four Sibert Honor Books were named: “Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans,” written and illustrated by Don Brown and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club,” by Phillip Hoose ; “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March,” written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran: and “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience: “George,” written by Alex Gino, and “The Porcupine of Truth,” written by Bill Konigsberg and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, are the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards respectively.
Two Stonewall Book Award honor books were selected: “Wonders of the Invisible World,” written by Christopher Barzak; and “Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU,” written by Cory Silverberg
and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth.
Congratulations to the YMA Winners
The America Library Association awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best literacy for youth. A huge expression of gratitude to those who served on the judging committees which includes librarians and other children’s experts, these awards encourage original and creative work. We can easily see what the AWA Awards are recognized for the high quality of books they select each year.
For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit www.ilovelibraries.org/yma.
YMA Book Challenge
One of my goals this year is to get more hands on with books with my children. We’re going to create several book activities and curriculum to go along with these books each month. I invite you to sign up for our newsletter and come back each month to grab a new book and book activity to go with these award winning books. Will you join me?
Leave a comment below with which book is your favorite from the YMA Winners
Plus you can join our Virtual Book Club for Kids for more Book Activities.
Many congrats to the author and illustrators from the 2016 YMA. Many thanks to the talented publishers who worked behind the scene to make the magic happen and give voice to these created individuals.
ALA YMA Winners Source American Library Association