2019 Youth Media Awards facts for kids
The 2019 Youth Media Awards were held by the American Library Association on January 28, 2019. The awards recognize books written for children and young adults and the authors and illustrators who create them.
- May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture
- Alex Awards
- American Indian Youth Literature Award
- Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award
- Pura Belpré Awards
- Caldecott Medal
- Children's Literature Legacy Award
- Corretta Scott King Book Awards
- Margaret Edwards Award
- Geisel Award
- William C. Morris Award
- Newbery Medal
- Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award
- Odyssey Award
- Printz Award
- Schenider Family Book Award
- Sibert Award
- Stonewall Book Award
- Sydney Taylor Book Award
- YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture
The Arbuthnot Lecture recognizes an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature. The 2020 lecturer is Neil Gaiman whose work creating modern comics and as a proponent of intellectual freedom was cited.
The Alex Awards are given to books written for adults which have appeal to teenagers.
|The Black God's Drums||P. Djèlí Clark||Tor Books|
|The Book of Essie||Meghan MacLean Weir||Knopf|
|Circle||Madeline Miller||Little, Brown and Company|
|Educated: A Memoir||Tara Westover||Random House|
|The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After||Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil||Crown Publishing Group|
|Green||Sam Graham-Felsen||Random House|
|Home After Dark||David Small||Liveright & Company|
|How Long 'Til Black Future Month||N. K. Jemisin||Orbit Publications|
|Lawn Boy||Jonathan Evison||Algonquin Books|
|Spinning Silver||Naomi Novik||Del Rey Books|
American Indian Youth Literature Award
This award, given biannually in even years, will be announced as part of the Youth Media Awards for the first time in 2020.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
This award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture in books. The picture book winner was Drawn Together by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat, the children's literature winner was Front Desk by Kelly Yang, and the Young Adult literature winner was Darius the Great is Not Okay.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given to children's books published in a language other than English and then translated into English for publication in the United States.
|Thames & Hudson||The Fox on the Swing||Evelina Daciūtė||Translation Bureau||Lithuanian||Winner|
|Yonder||Run for Your Life||Silvana Gandolfi||Lynne Sharon Schwartz||Italian||Honoree|
|Graphic Universe||My Beijing: Four Stories of Everday Wonder||Nie Jun||Edward Gauvin||French||Honoree|
|Enchanted Lion Books||Jerome by Heart||Thomas Scotto||Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson||French||Honoree|
Pura Belpré Awards
The Pura Belpré Award is given to Latinx writers and illustrators of children's books.
|author||Elizabeth Acevedo||The Poet X||Winner|
|author||David Bowles||They Call Me Güero||Honor|
|illustrator||Yuyi Morales||Dreamers / Soñadores||Winner|
|illustrator||José Ramírez||When Angels Sing||Honor|
|illustrator||Leo Espinosa||Island Born||Honor|
|Sophie Blackall||Hello Lighthouse||Winner|
|Juana Martinez-Neal||Alma and How She Got Her Name||Honor|
|Grace Lin||A Big Mooncake for Little Star||Honor|
|Brian Lies||The Rough Patch||Honor|
|Oge Mora||Thank You, Omu!||Honor|
Children's Literature Legacy Award
The Children's Literature Legacy Award is given as a lifetime achievement award to an author or illustrator of children's books. The award was given for the first time under this name after being renamed from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. Walter Dean Myers was given the award, with Somewhere in the Darkness and Monster specifically cited.
Corretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators that "demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values."
|author||Claire Hartfield||A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919||Winner|
|author||Liesa Cline-Ransome||Finding Langston||Honor|
|author||Varian Johnson||The Parker Inheritance||Honor|
|author||Kekla Magoon||The Season of Styx Malone||Honor|
|illustrator||Ekua Holmes||The Stuff of Stars||Winner|
|illustrator||Laura Freeman||Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race||Honor|
|illustrator||Frank Morrison||Let the Children March||Honor|
|illustrator||R. Gregory Christie||Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop||Honor|
|John Steptoe New Talent Author Award||Tiffany D. Jackson||Monday's Not Coming||Winner|
|John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award||Oge Mora||Thank You, Omu!||Winner|
|Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement||Pauletta Brown Bracy||Winner|
Margaret Edwards Award
The Margaret Edwards Award is a lifetime achievement award for young adult writers. The 2019 recipient was M.T. Anderson who was cited for his work on Feed, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves.
The Geisel Award recognizes beginner reader books.
|Corey Tabor||Corey Tabor||Fox the Tiger||Winner|
|David Milgrim||David Milgrim||The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap||Honor|
|Butler||Nancy Meyers||King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth||Honor|
|Sergio Ruzzier||Sergio Ruzzier||Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories||Honor|
|Emily Tetri||Emily Tetri||Tiger vs. Nightmare||Honor|
William C. Morris Award
The Moriss Award is given to a first-time teen author.
|Adib Khorram||Darius the Great is Not Okay||Winner|
|Joy McCullough||Blood Water Paint||Finalist|
|Ngozi Ukazu||Check, Please!: #Hockey||Finalist|
|Tomi Adeymi||Children of Blood and Bone||Finalist|
|Vesper Stamper||What the Night Sings||Finalist|
|Meg Medina||Merci Suárez Changes Gears||Winner|
|Veera Hiranandani||The Night Diary||Honor|
|Catherine Gilbert Murdock||The Book of Boy||Honor|
Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award
Given for the first time in 2019, this award is given to a digital media resource for early learners. The 2019 recipient was Play and Learn Science by PBS Kids. The two honor recipients were Coral Reef by Tinybop and Lexi's World by Pop Pop Pop.
The Odyssey Award is given to the best audiobook for children or young adults.
|Sadie||Macmillan Audio||Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and more||Courtney Summers||Winner|
|Du Iz Tak||Weston Woods Studio||Eli D’Amico, Sebastian D’Amico, Burton Fott, Galen Fott, Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp, and Brian Hull||Carson Ellis||Honor|
|Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist||Live Oak Media||Brian Amador||Susan Wood||Honor|
|The Parker Inheritance||Scholastic Audiobooks||Cherise Booth||Varian Johnson||Honor|
|The Poet X'||HarperAudio||Elizabeth Acevedo||Elizabeth Acevedo||Honor|
The Printz Award is given to excellence in young adult literature.
|Elizabeth Acevedo||The Poet X||Winner|
|Elana K. Arnold||Damsel||Honor|
|Deb Caletti||A Heart in a Body in the World||Honor|
|Mary McCoy||I, Claudia||Honor|
Schenider Family Book Award
The Schnieder Family Book Award is given to a book that shows the disability experience.
|Young Children||Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes||Scott Magoon||Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship||Award|
|Young Children||Jessie Oliveros||Dana Wulfekotte||The Remember Balloons||Honor|
|Middle Grades||Leslie Connor||The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle||Award|
|Middle Grades||Jacqueline Woodson||The Collectors||Honor|
|Teens||Mark Oshiro||Anger is a Gift||Award|
|Teens||Kelly Jensen (editor)||(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health||Honor|
The Sibert Award is given to the most distinguished informational book for children.
|Joyce Sidman||—||The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science||Winner|
|Catherine Thimmesh||—||Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild||Honor|
|Gail Jarrow||—||Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America||Honor|
|Don Brown||Don Brown||The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees||Honor|
|Traci Sorell||Frané Lessac||We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga||Honor|
|Michael Mahin||Jose Ramirez||When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana||Honor|
Stonewall Book Award
The Stonewall Book Award is given to children's and young adult books relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.
|Children's and Young Adult||Jessica Love||Julian is a Mermaid||Winner|
|Children's and Young Adult||Kheryn Callender||Hurricane Child||Winner|
|Children's and Young Adult||Ashley Herring Blake||Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World||Honor|
|Children's and Young Adult||Kelly Loy Gilbert||Picture Us in the Light||Honor|
Sydney Taylor Book Award
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is given to children's and young adult books that portray the Jewish experience. The younger reader winner was All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, the older reader winner was Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier, and the teen reader winner was What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was given to The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees written and illustrated by Don Brown. Four books were given honors: The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, by Sonia Sotomayor, Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam, by Elizabeth Partridge, The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, written and illustrated by John Hendrix, and Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction, written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
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