Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honours books and media for children and teens. The awards encourage original and creative work and are selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts. Here is a list of the 2010 winners of the ALA awards.

Newberry Award - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Michael L. Printz Award - Going Bovine by Libby Bray

Robert F. Sibert Award - Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Coretta Scott King Award - Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement - Walter Dean Myers

Alex Awards
1) The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
2) The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff
3) Everything Matters by Ron Currie JR
4) The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
5) The Kids are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch, with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch
6) The Magicians by Lev Grossman
7) My Abandonment by Peter Rock
8) Soulless by Gail Carriger
9) Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
10) Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories by Kevin Wilson

Margaret A. Edwards Award - Jim Murphy

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults - Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Schneider Family Picture Book Winner - Django by Bonnie Christensen

Schneider Family Middle School Award Winner - Anything But Typical by Noral Raleigh Baskin

Schneider Family Teen Award Winner - Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Winner - Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken written by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

I have never heard of some of these books, but they have definitely been added to my ever-growing TBR list. I am especially intrigued by Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan. For more information on any of these award winners and some of the honours not mentioned in this list, please visit


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