ALA’s 2013 Youth Media Award winners

In the early hours of this morning the American Library Association (ALA) announced this year’s Youth Media awards.  What follows are the award winners and shortlists for young adult orientated categories.

Which ones have you read? 

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

The One and Only Ivan –  Katherine Applegate

Three Newbery Honor Books:

  • Splendors and Glooms –  Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon – Steve Sheinkin
  • Three Times Lucky –  Sheila Turnage


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

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America – by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkey

Two King Author Honor Books:

  • Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
  • No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller –  Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory


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

In Darkness – Nick Lake

 Four Printz Honor Books:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe –  Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  • Dodger – Terry Pratchett
  • The White Bicycle – Beverley Brenna


Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • Caring is Creepy –  David Zimmerman
  • Girlchild –  Tupelo Hassman
  • Juvenile in Justice –  Richard Ross
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore –  Robin Sloan
  • My Friend Dahmer –  Derf Backderf
  • Pure –  Julianna Baggott.
  • The Round House –  Louise Erdrich
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home –  Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? –  Maria Semple


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

Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories and writing, and in 1983, she published her first book, Song of the Lioness. She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in Syracuse, New York.


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

The Fault in Our Stars –  written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.

Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks:

  • Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian – written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker
  • Ghost Knight –  written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill
  • Monstrous Beauty –  written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren


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

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe –  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

 Four Stonewall Honor Books :

  • Drama –  written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  • Gone, Gone, Gone –  Hannah Moskowitz
  • October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard – Lesléa Newman
  • Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie – S. J. Adams


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

Seraphina  – Rachel Hartman

Four other books:

  • Wonder Show – Hannah Barnaby
  • Love and Other Perishable Items – Laura Buzo
  • After the Snow –   S. D. Crockett
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post –  emily m. danforth


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon –  Steve Sheinkin

Four other books:

  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different – Karen Blumenthal
  • A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 –  Phillip Hoose
  • Titanic: Voices from the Disaster –  Deborah Hopkinson
  • We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March – Cynthia Levinson


For the entire announcement, including the awards aimed at younger audiences, click here.


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