Youth Media Awards

Every January, the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Award Winners at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. I often use these awards for collection development, readers advisory, and to personally find some good reads. There are quite a few different awards presented. Debatably, the most popular are the Newbery and Caldecott Awards.

Newbery Award-The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

This year’s winner is Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure by Kate DiCamillo.

I find myself regularly recommending Newbery winners to 5th-8th graders, but they are also great reads for older adults. Check out the list of past Newbery Winners and you will likely recognize many of these titles.

My personal favorites: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Mania Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Caldecott Medal-The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”  – from ALA Website

This year’s winner is Locomotive  by Brian Floca.

Primary grade teachers own and use these titles regularly. Again, you will recognize many past winners on the list. Read a stack of these and you will be reminded of the magic of picture books.

My personal favorites: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

You should be able to find this year’s winners in the CCL collections soon and we would be glad to get past winners and honor books into your hands. I’ll cover the Young Adult awards and the Odyssey Awards in a later post!

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