ALA Awards

Numerous awards are presented at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which is taking place in Atlanta from January 20-24. Below are a sampling of some of the awards which have winners of genre interest. Clicking through on the link will provide a more complete listing of awards presented during the meeting.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Regional Office is Under Attack! , by Manuel Gonzales
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
  • Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart
  • Arena, by Holly Jennings
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North
  • Die Young with Me: A Memoir, by Rob Rufus
  • The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar, by Matt Simon
  • The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan
  • Unbecoming, by Jenny Downham

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

  • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper and published

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Newbery Winner

Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the John Newbery Medal, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award, given each year since 1922 is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors in children’s literature.

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Hartman Wins Morris Award

The American Library Association has announced that Rachel Hartman won the William C. Morris Award for best debut fiction for her novel Seraphina. The William C. Morris YA Debut Award was first awarded in 2009 and honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

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Pierce Wins Edwards Award

The American Library Association announced that Tamara Pierce was the recipient of this year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented for lifetime achievement in young adult literature. The Margaret A. Edwards Award was established in 1988 to honor an author for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

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2011 RUSA Reading List

The 2011 RUSA Reading List has been announced at the ALA. The RUSA Readling list is compiled by the Reference and User Services Association and names a winner in several categories, along with releasing a list of books that are similar to the winners and a listing of the runners up. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below. Click the link for a full list of winners, suggestions, and runners up.

  • Fantasy: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Horror: The Dead Path, by Stephen M. Irwin
  • Science Fiction: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald

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Gaiman Wins Newbery

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book won the John Newbery Medal, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award, given each year since 1922 is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors in children’s literature.

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