ALA Award Winners

What an exciting day!! I am reporting to you “live” from Seattle with the winners. There are tons of awards given out, so I’m just going to report on the ones represented by the books I review = YALSA’s Printz award (best teen book), the Pura Belpré Award (best book written by a Latino for a Latino audience) and the Coretta Scott King Award (best book written for African Americans by an African American. You can see the entire list on the American Library Association’s webpage.

The Michael L. Printz winner was “In Darkness” by Nick Lake.

The Printz Honor winners were: “Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz, “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, and “The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna.

The Pura Belpré  winner was: “Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz (do you see a trend here? This book went on to also win the Stonewall Book Award.) It’s on my “to read” list.

The Pura Belpré Honor winner was: “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” by Sonia Manzano. (I had predicted back in August that this would win an award, it was THAT good!)

The Coretta Scott King Author Award was “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who changed America” by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

The Coretta Scott King Honor winners were: “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, and “No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.

Time to go get these books at your Public Library!

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