The announcement of the Caldecott, Newbery, and other recipients of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards is a cause for celebration! Did your favorites win? Or what books will now be on your reading list? Check out our round-up (with links to our collection) below
On Monday, January 28, the Youth Media Awards were announced. Comprising the Caldecott, Newbery, and other major awards, these awards honor the best books published for children and young adults. So who are the winners for this year?
Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Also of note are the Coretta Scott King Awards and the Pura Belpré medal, which recognize African-American and Latinx authors and illustrators. Diverse books are vital; I for one am very glad to see that Latinx and African American writers are among among the major medal winners noted above.
The Stuff of StarsBy Ekua Holmes, Marion Dane Bauer
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riots of 1919By Claire Hartfield
Pura Belpré Medal for Illustrator
For a review of Dreamers, and other books by Yuyi Morales, check out our library blog. Included among the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor books is Islandborn, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz. I will admit that I am very excited about these particular winners. :)
Pura Belpré Medal for Author
In a former life, Klem-Marí was a Religious Studies scholar. She much prefers being the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! She wants you to read and share books with the children in your life, and for those children to see you to read as well. Originally from Puerto Rico, Klem-Marí also enjoys her cat, baking, yoga, and the works of Octavia Butler.