2014 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

It’s that delightful time of year when the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and other ALA Youth Media Awards are announced!
Each award has at least one major winners, and any number of honor books/finalists. Click on a title to see it in our catalog and make your reservation today!

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

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo

Newbery Honor Books:
Doll Bones, by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes

One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

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

Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca,

Caldecott Honor Books:

Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle

Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner

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

The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Geisel Honor Books were named:

Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan

A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

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

P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:

March: Book One, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

Darius & Twig, by Walter Dean Myers

Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book 

Nelson Mandela, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack are the winners of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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

Midwinter blood
, by Marcus Sedgwick

Printz Honor Books:

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Kingdom of Little Wounds, written by Susann Cokal

Maggot Moon, written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch

Navigating Early, written by Clare Vanderpool

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

For children ages 0-10:
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell

For children ages 13-18:
Rose under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences: Brewster, by Mark Slouka
The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell
Golden Boy: A Novel, by Abigail Tarttelin
Help for the Haunted, by John Searles
Lexicon: A Novel, by Max Barry
Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu
Mother, Mother: A Novel, by Koren Zailckas
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, by Lucy Knisley
The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel, by Katja Millay
The Universe Versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:

Bink & Gollie: Two for One, produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc. The video’s cast inclues Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, with music by David Mansfield and artwork by Tony Fucile.
this title is not yet available for circulation in any library

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

Markus Zusak, author of The Book ThiefI Am the Messenger, Getting the Girl, and Fighting Ruben Wolfe.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:

Brian Selznick, author and illustrator whose works include The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, will deliver the 2015 lecture.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

Mister Orange, originally published in Dutch in 2011, by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson.

Batchelder Honor Books:

The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life, written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.

My Father’s Arms Are a Boat, written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson.

The War Within These Walls, written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

Scowler, produced by Listening Library, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Odyssey Honor Recordings:

Better Nate Than Ever, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle

Creepy Carrots! produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., and written by Aaron Reynolds

Eleanor & Park, produced by Listening Library, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Matilda, produced by Penguin Audio, written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.

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

Niño Wrestles the World, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books: 

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita, illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez

Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

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

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina,

Belpré Author Honor Books:

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, by Margarita Engle

The Living, by Matt de la Peña

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

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

Parrots over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Sibert Honor Books:

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

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

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills


Fat Angie, by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Stonewall Honor Books:

Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle

Branded by the Pink Triangle, by Ken Setterington

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

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

Charm & Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn

Morris Award Finalists:

Sex & Violence, by Carrie Mesrobian

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, by Evan Roskos

Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross

In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, by Neal Bascomb

YALSA Award Finalists:

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, by Chip Kidd

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II, by Martin W. Sandler

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers, by Tanya Lee Stone

The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, by James L. Swanson

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