ALA Award Winners

BOSTON – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, audiobooks and video for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Here are some highlights; the press release is here.

Items marked with an * are available in the Academy Library collection.

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

When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead, is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner.

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children

The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, is the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner.

Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

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

Going Bovine, written by Libba Bray *, is the 2010 Printz Award winner

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

Congratulations to all the winners! Hopefully, I can secure some funding so I can add some of the age-appropriate titles that we don’t have to the Academy Library collection before the end of the year.

Next up will be the 2010 list of Best Books For Young Adults, as well as the 2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: I just learned the Best Books For Young Adults list is becoming the Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

All of the top ten titles selected by YALSA’s selection list committees, including Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Amazing Audiobooks, Fabulous Films, and the Alex Award will be compiled annually into a Best of the Best for Young Adults list published by YALSA.

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