The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced today, and as is usual, I am late to the party.
Of the many awards the ALA gives, I have read exactly TWO of this year’s award books:
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Sibert medal. I love this book and think it’s very worthy of both awards.
The 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner is Donald Crews, an author whose books we’ve enjoyed again and again (and again!) here at the House of Hope.
The titles that most pique my curiosity now are (of course) all the Newbery titles, though I might wait to read them now that I have a plan to make my way through Newberys in general thanks to the Newbery Through the Decades challenge.
I also want to read the Caldecott winner and honor books that I haven’t read (which is a total of six books!) It’s sort of funny to me that I’ve only even ever heard of one more besides the one I’ve read.
A few other titles that stand out to me that I’d like to read sooner rather than later are
- How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, winner of a Coretta Scott King honor, because I’ve read and enjoyed something by her before.
- Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd, winner of the young adult Schneider Family Book Award, sounds like a very challenging read.
- I’ve enjoyed all the Batchelder Award books I’ve ever read (just two books, yes, but I did enjoy them!), so I’m particularly interested in those titles this year, too.
- The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming, winner of both a Sibert and YALSA honor, has been on my radar for a while.
Have you read any of the winners? Which titles catch your eye?