On Monday I had the ALA Youth Media Awards Twitter account running in the background while eating lunch. I checked every few seconds while waiting for the awards to be announced. Boy, was this a wildcard year for a few awards! I was thrilled with some, surprised by others, and shocked by some more. Here are the winners:
Moon Over Manifest written by Clare Vanderpool- Well, I did not read this one before the announcement. In fact, I did not even recognize the title! However, upon coming home I did find a copy in my TBR pile. Needless to say, it has been moved to the top of the file!
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm- My sister’s all-time favorite author. She was so excited when I called to tell her that Jennifer won another Newbery Honor. Needless to say, my sister read “Turtle in Paradise” the day it was released and is anxiously awaiting Holm’s next book. (read)
Heart of a Samurai written by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night written by Joyce Sidman
One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia
Ship Breaker written by Paolo Bacigalupi- I was actually in the middle of reading this one on Monday. So I am counting this as read!
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (read)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (was on the TBR pile, reading now)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Nothing by Janne Teller- Woohoo! This was my pick and I am so glad that it got recognized. My favorite book of the year, without a doubt.
And I was beyond thrilled when After Ever After won the Schneider Middle Grade Award. I love love love this book and somehow managed to leave it off my “hopeful” list. Needless to say, I am thrilled it picked up a shiny sticker!
Alex Awards (Best Adult Books for Teens)
“The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel,” by Alden Bell,
“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel,” by Aimee Bender
“The House of Tomorrow,” by Peter Bognanni
“Room: A Novel,” by Emma Donoghue (read this one!)
“The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel,” by Helen Grant
“The Radleys,” by Matt Haig
“The Lock Artist,” by Steve Hamilton
“Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok
“Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” by Liz Murray
“The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To,” by DC Pierson
Looking forward to adding all of these to my library.
On a more personal note, I was checking Facebook and saw that a high school friend posted a link to the ALA Notable Recordings list. Imagine my surprise when I learned that The Flannery Brothers, he and his brother’s band, made the list! How cool is that?! So if you are a children’s librarian, make sure you get a copy of The New Explorers Club into circulation!
Finally, I am not happy to learn that the Today show did not invite the winners of the ALA Awards onto their show this year. I love seeing the books and authors get more exposure and it’s always a great segment. This year, they turned down ALA’s proposal and their literacy time was devoted to Snooki and her book instead. Jersey Shore is a guilty pleasure of mine (I admit it…), but it should NOT be bumping actual authors promoting great children’s literature from major media promotion. Ridiculous.