In the early hours of this morning, the American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards recipients. It was a banner year for the awards as the winners exemplified the diversity of American youth literature with titles featuring cultural diversity, disability, LGBT themes and multiple formats.
Congratulations to the selection panels for each of these awards!
The Michael L. Printz Award
Acknowledging excellence in literature for young adults, the Printz is ‘The Big One’.
The winner is Jandy Nelson for critical darling, I’ll Give You The Sun (released in June by Walker Books.)
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. JandyNelson.com
This year, four titles were selected as Honor Books:
- And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard,
- The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley,
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and
- This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki (graphic novel) Read the rest of this entry »