2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Brandy

Every January the American Library Association (ALA) 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.

The most recognized book this year was the most recent installment of the graphic novel series, “March.” This three-book series is a collaboration between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and artists Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It won a total of four awards from the ALA, the first time a title has won that many awards in a single year.

For more great book recommendations, check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.

  • Award Winner: “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.
  • Honor Audiobook: “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard
  • Honor Audiobook: “Dream On, Amber” by Emma Shevah and narrated by Laura Kirman
  • Honor Audiobook: “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

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.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

Author: Brandy

I am a librarian, technology trainer, gadget addict, amateur photographer, schnauzer lover, and connoisseur of fine children’s and young adult literature.