library staff/ March 12, 2019/ Youth Services

The 2019 Youth Media Award winners were announced (http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2019/01/american-library-association-announces-2019-youth-media-award-winners). The award-winning books in our collection have an award and honor stickers on them to make it easier to spot. If you need help finding anything, please ask any librarian. Here is a list of the award-winning books that you can borrow.

“Merci Suárez Changes Gears” (JUV FIC Medina) by Meg Medina is the Newbery Medal winner for “the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” A humorous coming-of-age story, the book follows sixth-grader Merci as she deals with bullying at her private school because she is a scholarship student and with her grandfather beginning to act strangely.

“Hello Lighthouse” (JUV PIC Blackall) by Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott Medal for “most distinguished American picture book.” This beautiful book shows a lighthouse throughout different seasons.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding children’s/young adult books. We have King Author Honor Book “Finding Langston” (JUV Early FIC Cline-Ransome) by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Langston moves from Alabama to Chicago and misses everything, but finds a welcome home in the Chicago Public Library, which is open to blacks and whites. King Illustrator Honor Book  “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop,” (JUV 323.09 Duncan) illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Alice Faye Duncan describes the Memphis Sanitation Strike from the point of view of a little girl who participated in the strike with her father.

The Pura Belpré Awards honor Latinx writers and illustrators whose works represent and celebrate the Latinx culture. “Dreamers” (JUV PIC Morales) written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and “The Poet X” (YA FIC Acevedo) by Elizabeth Acevedo won the Pura Belpré Author award. “The Poet X” is a multiple award-winner, as it also received the Michael L. Printz Award for excellent young adult literature!

The Stonewall Book Award and honors are given to excellent books that relate to the LGBTQ experience. “Picture Us in the Light” (YA FIC Gilbert) by Kelly Loy Gilbert is a Stonewall Honor Book that follows Daniel, a Chinese-American teen, as he discovers feelings for his best friend.

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature goes to books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage. We have the Picture Book Award Winner “Drawn Together” (JUV PIC Lê) by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat. This lovely book shows a boy and his grandparent finding a shared bond through art and storytelling, despite the language barrier. We also have the Children’s Literature Winner, “Front Desk” (JUV FIC Yang) by Kelly Yang, and the Young Adult Literature Winner, “Darius the Great is not okay,” (YA FIC Khorram) written by Adib Khorram.

These are not nearly all the winners and honorees, so check out the link to the full awards! There are also plenty of them that we do not have currently, but we are happy to help you request them from other libraries! Enjoy reading some of the best books around!

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