2021 Youth Media Awards

As we gear up for ALA Midwinter and the 2021 Youth Media Awards (YMA), we thought it could be fun to highlight a few YMA-related stories. In the coming weeks, we’ll focus on those titles from the past and present award cycles that might inspire you and your readers!

But first, a reminder: you can follow along with the Youth Media Awards announcements starting at 8 am CT on Monday, January 25. You can watch with ALA’s streaming platform or through the various social media platforms using the hashtag #alayma.

To begin our dive into these special awards, let’s look at the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Established in 2000, this award is granted each year to the “best book written for teens, based entirely on literary merit.” Mike Printz was a high school librarian for years, and he believed wholeheartedly in finding the right book for the right reader at the right time. In honor of 20 years of service to young adult readers, here are a few then and now connections:

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Share your Mock Printz (and other Mock YMA) Results With Us!

It’s that time of year again!

The ALA Youth Media Awards are right around the corner! At this year’s Midwinter Meeting, we’ll find out which titles were selected for the Printz, the Newbery, the Caldecott, and many more.

But perhaps excitement for this year’s best kid lit is so high in your community that you’ve decided to bring some of the fun to your library and offer a Mock Award program? If so, we want to hear from you! Continue reading Share your Mock Printz (and other Mock YMA) Results With Us!

ALA Youth Media Awards liveblogging

ALA will be streaming the Youth Media Awards announcements live tomorrow morning, but we’ll also be doing our own live coverage as a joint endeavor between The Hub and the YALSAblog. Along with the video, we’ll also pull in Twitter hashtags (like #ALAyma) and add additional commentary, and we’ll follow up after the awards with a full list of the winners.

Coverage begins at 7:45 PST on Monday, January 28. We can’t wait!

YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge final check-in

In just about 24 hours, the winners of all of ALA’s Youth Media Awards will be announced at a press conference held at the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle! (Weren’t able to make it to the conference? Watch the livestream or our liveblogging of the event!)

Among the other winners, we’ll also find out which of the Morris Award finalists and Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalists were chosen by the committee as the best example of debut fiction or nonfiction for teens of the year.

If you’ve finished the challenge since our last check-in, be sure to fill out the form below to let us know. And stay tuned for our announcement of the 2013 Hub Reading Challenge (formerly the Best of the Best Challenge), which will include the Morris and Nonfiction Award winners and honor books, along with all of YALSA’s 2013 award winners and finalists, the top ten lists for YALSA’s 2013 selected lists, and the YA titles from the 2013 Schneider Family Book Award list and the 2013 Stonewall Book Award list.

So tell us who you think will win the Morris Award and the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, and let us know how you liked the Morris/Nonfiction challenge, too!

— Gretchen Kolderup, currently enjoying a short reading break after finishing a term on Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

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How to Host a YMA Viewing Party

yma-2013-alertWith less than a week to go until the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced, it’s time to get serious about your plans for the morning of Monday, January 28. If you’re lucky enough to be at Midwinter, you can skip the rest of this post: obviously you’ll be at the announcements in person. If, like me, you couldn’t make it to Midwinter, don’t worry! You can still celebrate the biggest day of the year in children’s and YA literature. I’ve got you covered. Here are the basic ingredients for hosting your own YMA viewing party.

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The Monday Poll: Award Anticipation

trophy 1 by julie rybarczykGood morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we asked which book based in NYC was your favorite. You reminded us in the comments that we neglected to include Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber and Where She Went by Gayle Forman, but of the options we provided, you chose Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (36%) as your favorite with Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (17%) and The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (15%) coming in second and third. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

This week, we’re full of anticipation for the Youth Media Awards announcement next Monday, when the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and more will be announced. We’re already pretty familiar with the contenders for the Morris Award and the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction because of our Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge (just one week left!), but the possibilities for the rest of the awards are a complete mystery to us, and we can’t wait to find out who’s going to win! We’ll be liveblogging the YMAs next Monday, or you can watch ALA’s livestream of the event.

In the meantime, we want to know which award you’re most excited for. Vote in the poll below, and discuss why you chose what you did in the comments!

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Sneak Peek: YA Lit at ALA Midwinter 2013

ala midwinter 2013 seattleThousands of librarians, library workers, and vendors will converge on Seattle in just one week for ALA’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting. The long weekend will be full of educational sessions, committee meetings, author appearances, and the crowning glory for youth lit lovers: the Youth Media Awards announcement.

If you’re going to Midwinter, try to work these YA lit-related events into your schedule (all times are in Pacific Time):

Additionally, while YALSA’s award committee meetings are closed, the selected list committee meetings are open, so if you want to see just how the titles on lists like Best Fiction for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Fabulous Films for Young Adults, Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, or Great Graphic Novels for Teens are chosen, sit in on a selected list meeting! (You can find these sessions in the Midwinter Scheduler.)

For those of you who won’t be in Seattle next week, even if you can’t be part of the action, you can follow along here on The Hub: we’ll be liveblogging the BFYA teen feedback session and the YMAs jointly with the YALSAblog. You can also watch the YMAs live on ALA’s website. Once Midwinter is over, we’ll have summaries and wrap-ups of these great events.

You can keep up with other conference news on the YALSAblog and on Twitter with the hashtags #yalsa, #alamw13, #bfya, #alayma, and #bestofyalit.

YALSA announces Morris finalists

YALSA selected five books as finalists for the 2012 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2012 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 23 as part of the Youth Media Awards during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

The 2012 finalists are:

  • “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” written by Rae Carson, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
  • “Paper Covers Rock” written by Jenny Hubbard, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
  • “Under the Mesquite” written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, published by Lee and Low Books.
  • “Between Shades of Gray” written by Ruta Sepetys, published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group USA.
  • “Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

“What an incredible wealth of debut books the 2012 Morris Committee had the honor of reading this year,” said Teri Lesesne, chair of the Morris Award committee. “Our shortlist includes realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. These authors have pushed the envelope of their respective genres and we welcome their new  voices and look forward with great anticipation to many more books to come.”

More information on the finalists and the award can be found at www.ala.org/morris. YALSA sells finalist seals to librarians and publishers to place on books at www.alastore.ala.org. YALSA will host a reception honoring the finalists and the winner, as well as YALSA’s Nonfiction Award finalists and winner, at a free reception from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 23, in Omni Hotel in the Dallas E room.

The award is named for William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. William “Bill” Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

Members of the 2012 William C. Morris Award are: Chair Teri Lesesne, Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; ; Adrienne Butler,Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City; Sarah English, Omaha, Neb.; Krista Hutley, Englewood (Colo.) Public Library; Angela Leeper, University of Richmond (Va.) Curriculum Materials Center; Rachel McDonald, King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.; Amanda L. S. Murphy, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Warren, Ohio; Sarah Okner,Three Rivers Public Library District, Channahon, Ill.; Ed Spicer,Michigan Reading Journal,Allegan, Mich.; Betsy Levine,administrative assistant, San Francisco Public Library; and Gillian Engberg, Booklist magazine, Chicago.

YALSA Announces Nonfiction Award Finalists

YALSA selected five books as finalists for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011. YALSA will name the 2012 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan. 23, during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

The 2012 finalists are:

  • Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
  • Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) written by Sue Macy, published by National Geographic Children’s Books.
  • Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein written by Susan Goldman Rubin, published by Charlesbridge.
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery written by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the award can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction. YALSA sells finalist seals to librarians and publishers to place on books at www.alastore.ala.org. YALSA will host a reception honoring the finalist authors and the winner, as well as YALSA’s Morris Award winner and finalists, at a free reception, 10:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 23 in Omni Hotel in the Dallas E room.

Members of the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award committee are: Chair Jennifer Hubert, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York; Mary Burkey, Olentangy Local Schools, Columbus, Ohio; Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, Trenton, N.J.; Betty Carter, Consultant, Coppell, Texas; Diane Colson, Tampa, Fla.; Megan Fink, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day Middle School; Pam Spencer Holley, Consultant, Hallwood, Va.;  David C. Mowery, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Mary Anne Nichols, Kent State University of Library and Information Science, Kent, Ohio; John Sexton, administrative assistant, Greenburgh, New York; and Dan Kraus, Booklist Magazine, Chicago.