Each year at the Midwinter Meeting, YALSA gives out six literary awards at the Youth Media Awards:
- the Alex Awards (for 10 adult books with teen appeal)
- the Margaret A. Edwards Award (to an author for specific works for significant contribution to young adult literature)
- the William C. Morris Award (for best book by a first-time author writing for teens)
- the Excellence in Nonfiction Award (for the best nonfiction written for young adults)
- the Odyssey Award (for best audiobook for children and teens, co-administered with ALSC)
- and the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature).
To learn more about each of the winners, visit YALSA's Booklists and Awards, where annotations and images will be posted.
To see the full list of the 2011 Youth Media Awards winners, please visit the
Youth Media Awards Press Kit. To see ALSC's literary award winners, visit the
ALSC website. To see the Coretta Scott King Book Awards or Stonewall Book Award winners, please visit the
CSK website or the
Stonewall website. To see the Schneider Family Book Awards, visit the
YALSA's 2011 winners, announced on January 10, are as follows.
- The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780307474612)
- Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion (ISBN 9780786868919)
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (ISBN 9781594487569)
- The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of the Penguin Group (ISBN 9780399156090)
- The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (ISBN 9780312380427)
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780385501125)
- The Radleys by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (ISBN 9781439194010)
- The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC (ISBN 9780805092431)
- Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN 9780316098335)
- The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780385344173)
Learn more about the award at the Alex Awards website.
Margaret A. Edwards Award
To Sir Terry Pratchett for his novels:
- Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;
- The Wee Free Men, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;
- A Hat Full of Sky, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;
- Going Postal, published by HarperCollins Publishers;
- The Colour of Magic, published by HarperCollins Publishers
- Guards! Guards!, published by HarperCollins Publishers;
- Equal Rites, published by HarperCollins Publishers;
- Mort, published by HarperCollins Publishers; and
- Small Gods, published by HarperCollins Publishers.
Learn more about the award at the Margaret A. Edwards Award website.
William C. Morris Award
Winner: The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston, published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.
- Hush by Eishes Chayil, published by Walker Publishing Company, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.;
- Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, published by Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group;
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride, published by Henry Holt; and
- Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber, published by Margaret McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Learn more about the award at the William C. Morris Award website.
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award
Winner: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel, published by Amulet/Abrams.
- They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;
- Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers, published by National Geographic Society;
- The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko, published by Candlewick Press; and
- Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw, published by Charlesbridge
Learn more about the award at the YALSA Nonfiction Award website.
Winner: Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook, The True Meaning of Smekday, written by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin.
- Alchemy and Meggy Swann, written by Karen Cushman, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go, written by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl and produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, an imprint of Brilliance Audio.
- Revolution, written by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.
- will grayson, will grayson, written by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl and produced by Brilliance Audio.
Learn more about the award at the
Odyssey Award website.
Michael L. Printz Award
Winner: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher, published by Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.;
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.;
- Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, published by Roaring Book Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and
- Nothing by Janne Teller, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Learn more about the award at the
Printz Award website.