Teen Book Buzz
Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year
Have you read any of this year’s award-winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards?
Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
- “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
- “Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia
- “Bingo’s Run” by James A. Levine
- “Confessions” by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder
- “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
- “Lock In” by John Scalzi
- “The Martian” by Andy Weir
- “The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
- “Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta
- “Wolf in White Van” by John Darnielle
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
- Award Winner: “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
- Honor Book: “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander
- Honor Book: “How I Discovered Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Hadley Hooper
- Honor Book: “How It Went Down” by Kekla Magoon
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
- Award Winner: “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson
- Honor Book: “And We Stay” by Jenny Hubbard
- Honor Book: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley
- Honor Book: “Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith
- Honor Book: “This One Summer” written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.
- Award Winner: “H. O. R. S. E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination” by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers
- Honor Book: “Five, Six, Seven, Nate!” written and narrated by Tim Federle
- Honor Book: “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” by Julie Berry, and narrated by Jayne Entwistle
- Honor Book: “A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
- Award Winner: “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White
- Honor Book: “Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes” written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
- Middle School Award Winner: “Rain Reign” by Ann M. Martin
- High School Award Winner: “Girls Like Us” by Gail Giles
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
- Award Winner: “This Day in June” by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten
- Honor Book: “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin
- Honor Book: “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson
- Honor Book: “Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress” by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
- Award Winner: “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces” by Isabel Quintero
- Finalist: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley
- Finalist: “The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim” by E.K. Johnston
- Finalist: “The Scar Boys” by Len Vlahos
- Finalist: “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslye Walton
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
- Award Winner: “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek” by Maya Van Wagenen
- Finalist: “Laughing at My Nightmare” by Shane Burcaw
- Finalist: “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia” by Candace Fleming
- Finalist: “Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won!” by Emily Arnold McCully
- Finalist: “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights” by Steve Sheinkin
Originally published at 2015 ALA Teen Book Award Winners Announced.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a holiday gift for that special bookworm in your life, or you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a good book over the winter break, here are some “best of” lists of recommended young adult titles.
The Young Adult Library Services Association produces several lists each year which encompass books from a wide assortment of genres:
- 2014 Teen Book Award Winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz award winners)
- 2014 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- 2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2014 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- 2014 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- 2014 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Be sure to check out these lists created by the publishing industry’s most renowned book reviewers, many of whom are librarians:
- Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Teen Books of 2014“
- School Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2014: Young Adult“
- GoodReads.com’s “Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014“
- Publishers Weekly’s “Best Children’s Fiction of 2014” (This list is a collection of highly-acclaimed children’s AND teen books.)
- Bank Street College’s “Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition” (Much like the Publisher’s Weekly list, this list features titles for both children and teens, however this list is conveniently sorted by age.)
With 2015 fast approaching, stay ahead of upcoming trends by subscribing to the library’s YA email newsletter. This monthly publication features reviews on the the most popular new releases in young adult fiction. Best of all, this newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox.
It’s also a good idea to monitor Good Reads’ lists of the “Most Exciting Upcoming YA Books” and “Upcoming YA Novels of 2015.” With your library card, you can reserve many upcoming titles before they are even published! Be sure to check out our online catalog, or give us a call at (800) 324-4806 to check on a book’s availability.
Originally published at Best Teen Books of 2014.