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Award-Winning Options for Young Readers

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In late January, the American Library Association gathered together in Seattle for their annual midwinter conference. Early on a Monday morning (but conveniently three hours later for any east coast viewers), the Youth Media Awards were revealed. Book lovers around America watched the live webcast, some rooting for their favorites while still wearing their pajamas. The honors and awards were bestowed upon a wide variety of authors and/or illustrators. The Library currently holds 30 of these award-winning titles.

We also immediately added the other five winners to our Cloud Library: The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, Home After Dark by David Small, and How Long ’Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

Other authors who received special accolades include a posthumous presentation to Walter Dean Myers for the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults was granted to M.T. Anderson and Neil Gaiman will deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in 2020.

Stay tuned to our monthly new book lists and Instagram where we will reveal upcoming award-winning acquisitions in the Children’s and YA libraries. Did one of your favorites from 2018 win an award? Or do you feel another should’ve won, but didn’t? Stop by the Children’s Library to tell us about it! We always find these discussions about favorites as engaging as those committee members must when they are narrowing down to their final choices.

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