Book Hunters in Brief #108: The 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners this week and Book Hunters salutes the winners and offers a few reading suggestions to go along with them.

If you and your young ones love Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, Book Hunters in Brief suggests:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

If you love Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book, we offer these three titles:

Otis by Loren Long

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Below is a list of the other ALA 2016 Youth Media Award winners:

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Author:
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia 

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collins

Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

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

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Jerry Pinkney

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Emanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson (Award for ages 0 - 10 years)

Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt (Award for ages 11 - 13 years)

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Award for ages 13 - 18 years)

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

All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

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

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring a author or illustrator whose books, published in the U.S., have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children:
Jerry Pinkney

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

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreighn language and subsequently published in the U.S.
The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle

Pura Belpré Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonutiuh


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
by Alex Gino (award for children's literature)
The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg (award for young adult literature)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
Don't Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler

William C. Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


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