Youth Media Awards 2017: Teen Books

Books published for children in 2016 have been read, nominated, and voted upon by the American Library Association. The awards were announced on Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. See the winners below, and put a copy on hold at Heights Libraries today!

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


Winner:  March: Book Three  written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This graphic novel by Congressman and hero of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis, made YMA history by claiming four of the top prizes. In addition to the Coretta Scott King Author Award, March: Book Three won top honors for YALSA nonfiction, the Robert F. Sibert Medal, and the Michael L. Printz award.




Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:


The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon



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



Winner: March; Book Three 

Honors: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon




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




Winner for teens (age 13-19): When We Collided by Emery Lord



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


Winner: March: Book Three 

Honors: Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War I by Albert Marrin, We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman



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:  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordian

Honors: When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson



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


Winner: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Other Finalists : Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel, The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin



YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 


Winner: March: Book Three 

Other Finalists: This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne, Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal , In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner


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




The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst



The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales






In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford



Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life FullyLoaded by Hannah Hart






Arena by Holly Jennings





Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North






Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire



Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus








The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution’s Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life’s Biggest Problems by Matt Simon





The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach


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