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ALA’s 2015 Youth Media Awards

Congratulations to the diverse1 young adult books honored at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards on Feb. 2, 2015!

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper (Dial Books) — Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (Henry Holt and Company) — Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) — Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) — Pura Belpré (Author) Award Winner

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Candlewick Press) — Stonewall Honor

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles (Candlewick Press) — Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (Roaring Brook Press) — YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (Finalist)

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press) — YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (Finalist)

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (Cinco Puntos Press) — William C. Morris Award Winner

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Dial Books) — Michael L. Printz Award Winner, Stonewall Honor

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Dutton Books) — Michael L. Printz Honor

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (First Second) — Michael L. Printz Honor, Randolph Caldecott Honor

And congratulations to Sharon M. Draper, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults!

Check out all the winners of ALA’s Youth Media Awards here.


  1. Diverse = A book about a main character who is of color, disabled, and/or LGBTQ; or a book written by an author who is of color, disabled, and/or LGBTQ. 

Diversity at ALA!

Today the American Library Association announced the winners of their youth media awards. Congratulations to all those who are honored today, and special congratulations to the following authors, whose MG/YA novels celebrate diversity in many different ways:

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad) — Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award Winner
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (Amulet Books) — Newbery Honor

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown) — Printz Award Winner
Hush by Eishes Chayil (Walker) — William C. Morris Finalist
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (Little, Brown) — William C. Morris Finalist

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad) — Coretta Scott King Honor
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown) — Coretta Scott King Honor
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illus. by Randy DuBurke (Lee & Low) — Coretta Scott King Honor
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon (Candlewick) — Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award


After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (Scholastic) — Schneider Family Book Award, Ages 11-13
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (Dial) — Schneider Family Book Award, Ages 13-18

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illus. by Peter Sis (Scholastic) — Pura Belpré (Author) Award
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle — Pura Belpré (Author) Honor
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis (Roaring Brook) — Pura Belpré (Author) Honor

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte) — Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton) — Stonewall Honor
Love Drugged by James Klise (Flux) — Stonewall Honor
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin (Little, Brown) — Stonewall Honor


Pick up these books at a library or bookstore near you. Congratulations everyone!