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Jan 29

2021 ALA Youth Media Award Winning Books by Genesis Gaule

Posted on January 29, 2021 at 2:14 PM by Genesis Gaule

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced their 2021 Youth Media Awards for children and young adults. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!

We Are Water Protectors
written by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade


Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

We Are Water Protectors stresses the urgent need to take care of Earth's water through the story of an Ojibwe girl fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Goade is of Tlingit descent, tribally enrolled with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. This is the first Caldecott win for a Native illustrator as well as the first win for a BIPOC woman!

Check out past Caldecott winners and honorees in our catalog:

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller


Winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature (APAAL) aims to promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage through literary and artist merit.

This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

If you'd like to explore more award winning Asian/Pacific literature, check out:

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson


Winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., this award recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African Americans authors and illustrators that reflect the African-American experience.

This stirring novel-in-verse explores the cost of professional sports on Black bodies and how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed.

If you'd like to read more award winning African American literature, check out:

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog
written by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka


Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Named for beloved author/illustrator Dr. Suess, this award recognizes the most distinguished books for beginning readers.

What happens when the book gets it wrong? Max is not a cat--Max is a dog! But much to his dismay, this book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through to the book that he is a dog?

Check out these past Geisel honorees:


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