Awards (Books & Media)

2016 Batchelder Award honors Enchanted Lion Books for “The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy”

BOSTON – Enchanted Lion Books is the winner of the 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy.” The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8 – 12, in Boston.

Jacqueline Woodson to deliver 2017 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

BOSTON – Author Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8 – 11, in Boston.

Rafael López y Margarita Engle ganan premios Pura Belpré

BOSTON – Rafael López, ilustrador de Drum Dream Girl; y Margarita Engle, autora de Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, fueron seleccionados como los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración Pura Belpré 2016 y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2016, respectivamente, que rinden homenaje a los escritores e ilustradores hispanos cuyas obras constituyan el mejor reflejo, afirmación y celebración de la experiencia cultural hispana en la literatura infantil.

Rafael López, Margarita Engle win Pura Belpré Awards

BOSTON – Rafael López, illustrator of “Drum Dream Girl,” and Margarita Engle, author of “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir," are the 2016 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

Listening Library wins 2016 Odyssey Award for ‘The War that Saved My Life’

BOSTON – Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook “The War that Saved My Life,” has won the 2016 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8 – 12 in Boston.

'Bone Gap' wins 2016 Printz Award

BOSTON – “Bone Gap” written by Laura Ruby published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has won the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8-12, in Boston.

Told from alternating viewpoints, “Bone Gap” perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

'Most Dangerous' wins 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

BOSTON – “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” written by Steve Sheinkin, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group, has been named the 2016 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award,  the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens. The award was presented today by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan.8-12, in Boston.

'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' wins 2016 William C. Morris Award

BOSTON – “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” written by Becky Albertalli, and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has been named the 2016 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8-12 in Boston.

David Levithan wins 2016 Edwards Award for 'The Realm of Possibility,' 'Boy Meets Boy,' 'Love is the Higher Law,' 'How They Met, and Other Stories,' 'Wide Awake,' and 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'

CHICAGO – David Levithan is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “The Realm of Possibility”, “Boy Meets Boy”, “Love is the Higher Law”, “How They Met, and Other Stories”, “Wide Awake”, and “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.”  The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the award today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8-12, in Boston.

Rita Williams-Garcia, Bryan Collier win 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

BOSTON– Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” and Bryan Collier, illustrator of “Trombone Shorty,” are the winners of the 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Ronald L. Smith, author of “Hoodoo,” is the winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent, and Ekua Holmes, illustrator of “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” is the winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Illustrator Award for New Talent.

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