The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference is usually full of committee meetings and is not necessarily the most exciting conference to attend… That is, until Monday morning when the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced! The YMAs feature the selections of some of the biggest awards in children’s and Young Adult (YA) literature and non-fiction.
On Monday, February 12, the excitement ensued in Denver as notable awards like the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz were announced. There were also a bevy of diverse awards given, such as: the Batchelder Award for the best children’s book from a different country translated into English; the Schneider Family Book Awards that celebrate the best “artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescents”; and, the Stonewall Book Awards for “works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience”.
These awards represent some of the best books published for children or teens in the last year. They also help Trent Brager, St. Thomas’ Education and Social Sciences Librarian, select quality books for the Hubbs Children’s Literature Collection at the Keffer Library. This collection, found on the Minneapolis campus, is used most often by Education majors who learn to use children’s books for literacy instruction in K-12 classrooms. Stop by the Keffer Library to read some childhood favorites or to check out some of the new award winners!
Winners of selected book awards
John Newbery Medal: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Randolph Caldecott Medal: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
Michael L. Printz Award: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride, 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Coretta Scott King Book Award – Author: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Coretta Scott King Book Award – Illustrator: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illus. by Ekua Holmes
Pura Belpré Award – Author: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Pura Belpré Award – Illustrator: La Princesa and the Pea illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal
A complete list of 2018 Youth Media Awards winners and honors, as well as a recording of the Award selections is available at the American Library Association’s website.