2015 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

The 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this morning in Chicago. I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have served on the 2015 Newbery committee! I have listed some of the awards and their winners below. You can find the complete list here.

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

Winner:
The Crossover  written by Kwame Alexander.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

 Honor Books:

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Winner:
You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant

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

Winner:
Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Winner:
Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland

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Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

 When I Was the Greatest written and illustrated by Jason Alexander

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

 Ages 0-10
A Boy and a Jaguar written by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien

 Ages 11-13
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

 Ages 13-18
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:

Winner:
Mikis and the Donkey written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson

Honor Books:

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

Winner: 
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

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Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:

I Lived on Butterfly Hill written by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White

Honor Book:

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Winner:
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant

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 Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Winner:
This Day in June written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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