ALA's Youth Media Awards are always an exciting day for those who love youth literature. This is when the big prizes (Newbery! Caldecott! Printz! more!) are announced.
There are several specialized awards, such as the Coretta Scott King awards for books by African-Americans about the African-American Experience, and there has been some worry that these awards "ghetto-ize" books by diverse authors. While committees can't explicitly take it into consideration, are books by diverse authors unintentionally overlooked for the bog awards because oh, they'll just win the other one, that's "for them"?
Not today. Not today. Not today. It was SO EXCITING to see overlap between the awards and see so much diversity recognized and celebrated. Let's hope this isn't a one-year change, but long-term one.
Here are some of the diverse titles awarded today Caveats: I'm only listing books where diversity wasn't a criteria, so I'm not listing winners of the Schneider Family Award, Coretta Scott King awards, Pura Bel Pre, Stonewall, or Batchelder because listing all of them inflates the numbers. Many of the books listed also won these awards though, because they're awesome books. I may have also missed a few titles.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales, photographs by Tim O'Meara
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Howell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers, narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers (yes, I know this links to the book. It won for audio, but Amazon doesn't seem to carry it)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written and narrated by Tim Federle
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
Bingo's Run: A Novel by James A Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng
The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
AND! In addition to the books, the 3 authors honored were... Donald Crews, Sharon M. Draper, and Pat Mora.
It's an awesome list, no?
Updated 2/20: I'm adding The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
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