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Feb 06

2024 ALA Award Winners by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 6, 2024 at 10:59 AM by Genesis Gaule

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2024 Youth Media Awards which honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!

Looking for past award winners? Check out our posts for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 award winners.

Jump to: Children's | Junior | Teen / YA

Children's Books

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

2024 Award Winner: Fox Has a Problem 

written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

Fox has a not-so-new problem, and every possible solution leads to more problems for the other animals, until they all come together with the ultimate fix.
Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8

Schneider Family Book Award

For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

2024 Award Winner: Henry, Like Always 

written and illustrated by Jenn Bailey

Henry, a first grader on the autism spectrum, attempts to navigate friendships, and sudden changes in classroom routines--like a parade on Friday instead of share time.
Easy  // Ages 6 - 9

* Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (2024 Honor)


Randolph Caldecott Medal

for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2024 Award Winner: Big

written by Vashti Harrison

Praised for acting like a big girl when she is small, as a young girl grows, "big" becomes a word of criticism, until the girl realizes that she is fine just the way she is.
Easy Fiction // Ages 4 - 8

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award (Honor 2024)
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award (Honor 2024)


More Children's Honor Books: berry song

  • Rock your Mocs written by Laurel Goodluck and illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight
    * American Indian Youth Literature Award (2024 Honor)
    Easy Fiction // Ages 4 - 8
  • Berry Song written and and illustrated by Michaela Goade
    *  American Indian Youth Literature Award (2024 Honor)
    * Randolph Caldecott Medal (2023 Honor)
    Easy Fiction // Ages 4 - 8
  • Remember written by Joy Harjo and illustrated by Michaela Goade           in the blue
    *  American Indian Youth Literature Award (2024 Honor)
    Easy Fiction // Ages 3 - 7
  • Finding Papa written by Angela Pham Krans and illustrated by Thi Bui
    * Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (2024 Honor)
    Easy Fiction // Ages 4 - 8
  • Remembering illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia and written by Xelena González
    * Pura Belpré Awards Youth Illustrator Award (2024 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 4 - 8

Junior Books

American Indian Youth Literature Awards

To identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.

2024 Award Winner: We Still Belong

by Christine Day

Wesley is proud of the poem she wrote for Indigenous Peoples’ Day—but the reaction from a teacher makes her wonder if expressing herself is important enough. And due to the specific tribal laws of her family’s Nation, Wesley is unable to enroll in the Upper Skagit tribe and is left feeling “not Native enough.” Through the course of the novel, with the help of her family and friends, she comes to embrace her own place within the Native community. 
Junior Fiction // Ages 8 - 12


  • She Persisted: Maria Tallchief written by Christine Day, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint
    Junior Nonfiction // Ages 6-12
  • She Persisted: Deb Haaland written by Laurel Goodluck, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint
    Junior Nonfiction // Ages 6 - 12
  • Mascot by Traci Sorell and Charles Waters
    Junior Fiction // Ages 10+

Schneider Family Book Award

For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

2024 Award Winner: The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn

by Sally J. Pla

Follows thirteen-year-old neurodivergent Maudie during an eventful summer in California with her father, where she struggles with whether to share a terrible secret about life with her mom and stepdad.
Junior Fiction // Ages 10+


Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature

To honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

2024 Award Winner: Ruby Lost and Found

by Christina Li

After her Ye-Ye's death, Ruby feels lost, and it seems like everyone--from her best friends to her older sister--is abandoning her. After Ruby gets in major trouble at school, her parents decide she has to spend the summer at a local senior center, with her grandmother, Nai-Nai, and Nai-Nai's friends for company. When a new boy from Ruby's grade, Liam Yeung, starts showing up too, Ruby's humiliation is complete. Alongside Nai-Nai, who is keeping a secret that threatens to change everything, Ruby retraces Ye-Ye's scavenger hunt maps in an attempt to find a way out of her grief--and maybe even find herself.
Junior Fiction // Ages 8 - 12

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

For most distinguished informational book for youth.

2024 Award Winner: The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity

written by Nicholas Day and illustrated by Brett Helquist

A narrative nonfiction about how the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, how the robbery made the portrait the most famous artwork in the world-and how the painting by Leonardo da Vinci should never have existed at all
Junior Nonfiction // Ages 8-12


More Junior Honor Books:

  • Alebrijes by written by Donna Barba Higuera
    * Pura Belpré Author Award (2024 Honor)         
    Junior Fiction // Ages 9+
  • Aniana del Mar Jumps In by written by Donna Barba Higuera
    * Pura Belpré Author Award (2024 Honor)         
    Junior Fiction // Ages 9+
  • Something Like Home by Andrea Beatriz Arango
    * Pura Belpré Author Award (2024 Honor)
    Junior Fiction // Ages 10-14
  • A Sky Full of Song by Susan Lynn Meyer
    * Sydney Taylor Book Award (2024 Honor)
    Junior Fiction // Ages 8 - 12
  • The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams written by Daniel Nayeri, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
    * John Newbery Medal (2024 Honor)
    Junior Fiction // Ages 10+

Teen / YA Books

Sydney Taylor Book Award

To outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

2024 Award Winner: The Blood Years

by Elana K. Arnold

Frederieke Teitler and her older sister, Astra, live in a house, in a city, in a world divided. Being a Jew has become increasingly dangerous, even in their beloved home of Czernowitz, long considered a safe haven for Jewish people. When war breaks out, Rieke and Astra’s world suddenly changes, and every day becomes a struggle: to keep their grandfather’s business, to keep their home, to keep their lives. Based on the true experiences of her grandmother’s childhood in Holocaust-era Romania.
Young Adult Fiction // Ages 14 - 17


Alex Awards:

Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

More Teen Honor Books:

Oct 09

Book Notes 10/9/2023

Posted to Book Notes on October 9, 2023 at 10:14 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes


Come support your library at the Friends of the Library Book Sale: October 13 &14 @ 8 am-5 pm! Please bring your own bags and boxes for your purchases.

Prostate Cancer

by Neil H. Baum, MD, David F. Mobley, MD & R. Garrett Key, MD

Call Number: 616.9946 BAUM

With three leading experts in urology, surgery, and psychiatry as its coauthors, this book provides the information and guidance you need to better understand the disease, communicate with health care providers, and support yourself and your loved one through treatment and survivorship.

The Secret Hours

by Mick Herron

Call Number: HERRON

Two years ago, a hostile Prime Minister launched the Monochrome inquiry, investigating "historical over-reaching" by the British Secret Service. Monochrome’s mission was to ferret out any hint of misconduct by any MI5 officer—and allowed Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, the two civil servants seconded to the project, unfettered access to any and all confidential information in the Service archives in order to do so. But MI5’s formidable First Desk did not become Britain’s top spy by accident, and she has successfully thwarted the inquiry at every turn. Now the administration that created Monochrome has been ousted, the investigation is a total bust—and Griselda and Malcolm are stuck watching as their career prospects are washed away by the pounding London rain.

The Russo-Ukrainian War

by Serhii Plokhy

Call Number: MH 947.7086 PLOKHY

Serhii Plokhy, a leading historian of Ukraine and the Cold War, offers a definitive account of this conflict, its origins, course, and the already apparent and possible future consequences.

Starter Villain

by John Scalzi

Call Number: Science Fiction SCALZI

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan. Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

Oct 03

Book Notes 10/3/2023

Posted to Book Notes on October 3, 2023 at 10:01 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes


Come join us Saturday, October 14 at noon for our Cookbook Club! Select a recipe from The Apple Kitchen by Madeleine and Florian Anker, and bring your dish to share with the group!


Timothy McVeigh and the rise of right-wing extremism
by Jeffrey Toobin

Call Number: 363.325 TOOBIN

Based on nearly a million previously unreleased tapes, photographs, and documents, including detailed communications between McVeigh and his lawyers, as well as interviews with such key figures as Bill Clinton, this book reveals how the story of Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing is not only a powerful retelling of one of the great outrages of our time, but a warning for our future.

The Spare Room

by Andrea Bartz

Call Number: Large Print BARTZ

When Sabrina and Nathan offer Kelly an escape hatch, volunteering the spare room of their remote Virginia mansion, she jumps at the chance to run away from her old life. There, Kelly secretly finds herself falling for both her enchanting hosts—until one night, a wild and unexpected threesome leads the couple to open their marriage for her. At first, Kelly loves being part of this risqué new world. But when she discovers that the last woman they invited into their marriage is missing, she starts to wonder if they could be dangerous... and if she might be next.


A memoir of war, conscience, and family secrets
by Burkhard Bilger

Call Number: MH 940.5537 BILGER

Unexpectedly, Bildger receives a packet of letters from Germany containing hints on his family's secret history. His grandfather, Karl Gönner, was a schoolteacher and Nazi party member from the Black Forest. In 1940, he was sent to a village in occupied France and tasked with turning its children into proper Germans. A fervent Nazi when the war began, he grew close to the villagers over the next four years, till he came to think of himself as their protector, shielding them from his own party's brutality. Yet he was arrested in 1946 and accused of war crimes. Was he guilty or innocent? A vicious collaborator or just an ordinary man, struggling to atone for his country's crimes? Bilger goes to Germany to find out.

I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me

by Jamison Shea

Call Number: Young Adult SHEA

Laure Mesny is a perfectionist with an axe to grind. Despite being constantly overlooked in the elite and cutthroat world of the Parisian ballet, she will do anything to prove that a Black girl can take center stage. To level the playing field, Laure ventures deep into the depths of the Catacombs and strikes a deal with a pulsating river of blood.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!