Monday, February 2, 2015

ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2015

They announced the ALA Youth Media Award Winners this morning! I listened to their live stream and have listed some of the winners below. It was an interesting bunch this year!

And without further ado...

John Newbery Medal

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
*Hadn't even really seen this book around much - so I'm excited to read it, also it's told in verse.

El Deafo by Cece Bell
published by Amulet Books
*I actually JUST finished this book a few weeks ago. I'm not surprised that it was named an honor because I've been seeing it all over the place and lots of people have been talking about it. I didn't fall in love with the story though.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
published by Nancy Paulsen Books
*This is another book that I'm not surprised about - it's been all over the children's literature scene and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and written by Dan Santat
published by Little, Brown and Company
*I've had this on my to-read list for a little while and now that it's won the Caldecott I'm even more excited to read it.

Nana in the City illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo
published by Clarion Books

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock
published by Alfred A. Knopf

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
published by Candlewick Press
*I read this a few months ago and really enjoyed the story. It was one of my favorite picture books of last year. Also, pretty much anything Jon Klassen illustrates is glorious.

Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales
published by Roaring Brook Press

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

This One Summer illustrated by Jilliam Tamaki, and written Mariko Tamaki 
published by First Second

The Michael L. Printz Award
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
published by Dial Books

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
published by First Second

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
published by Dutton Books

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
published by Elephant Rock Books

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
published by Delacorte Press

If you'd like to see the full list of award winners please check out this link. Have you read any of the 2015 winners? What are your thoughts?