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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)

SCHNEIDER FAMILY HONOR BOOK: a seed grows


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)

RANDOLPH CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK: a seed grows


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

AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE HONOR BOOKS: a seed grows

  • 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+

SCHNEIDER FAMILY HONOR BOOK: a seed grows


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

SIBERT INFORMATIONAL HONOR BOOK: a seed grows


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

SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR BOOKS: a seed grows


Alex Awards:

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


More Teen Honor Books:



Feb 24

2023 ALA Award Winners by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 24, 2023 at 4:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2023 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 and 2022 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.

2023 Award Winner: I Did It! 

written and illustrated by Michael Emberley

Learning to ride a bike is hard. Can I do it? Yes, I can! A fun comic that kindergarteners and first graders can read on their own.
Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8

GEISEL HONOR BOOKS:

a seed grows

  • Fish and Wave written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
    An I Can Read Comic // Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8
  • Gigi and Ojiji written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
    An I Can Read Book // Easy Reader Green // Ages 4 - 8
  • A Seed Grows written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis
    * Robert F. Sibert Informational Book (2023 Honor)
    Easy Nonfiction // Ages 4 - 8

Pura Belpré Award for Illustration

Given to a Latino/Latina illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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2023 Award Winner: Where Wonder Grows

written by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

A lyrical and stunning picture book about a grandmother bonding with her granddaughters as she teaches them how much they can learn from nature just by being curious.
Easy // Ages 3 - 7

PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK: a seed grows

  • A Land of Books illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh
    Easy Nonfiction // Ages 4 - 8

More Children's Honor Books:

  • Choosing Brave by written by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington
    * Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (2023 Honor)
    * Randolph Caldecott Medal (2023 Honor)
    * Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award (2023 Honor)
    Easy Nonfiction // Ages 6 - 10
  • berry songBerry Song written and and illustrated by Michaela Goade
    * Randolph Caldecott Medal (2023 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 4 - 8
  • Nana, Nenek & Nina by written and illustrated by Liza Ferneyhough
    * Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book (2023 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 4 - 8
  • Kapaemahu written by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, illustrated by Daniel Sousa
    * Stonewall Honor Book for Children’s Literature (2023 Honor)
    Easy Folklore // Ages 4 - 8
  • in the blueIn the Blue written and illustrated by Erin Houriganand
    * Schneider Family Young Children Honor (2023 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 4 - 8
  • The Talk illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh
    * Coretta Scott King Book Award: Youth Author (2023 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 4 - 8
  • Sitting Shiva written by Erin Silver, illustrated by Michelle Theodore
    * Sydney Taylor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries: Picture Book (2023 Honor)
    Easy // Ages 3 - 5

Junior Books


John Newbery Medal (1) & Coretta Scott King Author Award (2)

(1) For most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
(2) Given to outstanding African American authors that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

2023 Award Winner: Freewater

by Amina Luqman-Dawson

After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.
Junior // Ages 8 - 12

NEWBERRY HONOR BOOKS: a seed grows

  • Iveliz Explains It All written by Christina Soontornva
    Easy Nonfiction // Ages 10 - 14
  • The Last Mapmaker written by Christina Soontornvat
    Easy Nonfiction // Ages 8 - 12
    * A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Teen Readers

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

For outstanding children's books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently translated into English.

2023 Award Winner: Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II

originally published in Italian written by Lia Levi, illustrated by Jess Mason

1938, Italy. Six-year-old Jewish girl Lia grows up during a difficult time of racial discrimination and war, and discovers light in unexpected places. A classic, powerful story adapted for young readers, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations, family photo album, and author’s note.
Nonfiction // Ages 8 - 12


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.

2023 Award Winner: Maizy Chen’s Last Chance

by Lisa Yee

Eleven-year-old Maizy visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, MN; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself.
Junior // Ages 8 - 12

* John Newbery Medal (2023 Honor)


Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award

Given to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

2023 Award Winner: Frizzy

written by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra

Marlene's--a young Dominican girl--greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.
Junior Graphic Novel // Ages 9+

PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR HONOR BOOK: a seed grows

  • Tumble written by Celia C. Pérez
    Junior // Ages 4 - 8

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

For most distinguished informational book for youth.

2023 Award Winner: Seen and Unseen

written by Elizabeth Partridge and illustrated by Lauren Tamaki

This important work of nonfiction features powerful images of the Japanese American incarceration in America during World War II captured by three photographers—Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams—along with firsthand accounts of this grave moment in history.
Nonfiction // Ages 10+

* Winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award for Photography
* Named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and others


More Children's Honor Books:

  • In the Key of Us by written by Mariama J. Lockington
    * Stonewall Book for Children’s Literature (2023 Honor)
    Junior // Ages 8 - 12
  • Honestly Elliott written by Gillian Dunn
    * Schneider Family Book Award: Middle Grade (2023 Honor)
    Junior // Ages 8 - 11 
  • Hummingbird by written Natalie Lloyd
    * Schneider Family Book Award: Middle Grade (2023 Honor)
    Junior // Ages 8 - 12

Teen / YA Books


Young Adult Library Services Association Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award

Honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

2023 Award Winner: Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

On October 16, 1968, during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics, Tommie Smith, the gold medal winner in the 200-meter sprint, and John Carlos, the bronze medal winner, stood on the podium in black socks and raised their black-gloved fists to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. In his first-ever memoir for young readers, Tommie Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory and Olympic podium protest.
Nonfiction Graphic Novel // Ages 8+ // e-book only

* Coretta Scott King Award: Author and Illustrator (2023 Honor)
* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022
* Finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
* A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
* A Booklist Best Book of the Year
* A Horn Book Fanfare Title

YALSA NONFICTION HONOR BOOK: a seed grows


Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

Given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

2023 Award Winner: All My Rage

written by Sabaa Tahir

Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town in California, best friends Salahudin and Noor understand each other the way no one else does. Until "The Fight", which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. What is their friendship worth—and what will it take to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst? A brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel of young love, family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.
Young Adult // Ages 14 - 17

* National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2022 Winner)


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

To affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

2023 Award Winner: We Deserve Monuments

written by Jas Hammonds

What's more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? When seventeen-year-old Avery moves to rural Georgia to live with her ailing grandmother, she encounters decade-old family secrets and a mystery surrounding the town's racist past. Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in a YA debut that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.
Young Adult // Ages 14 - 18

* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022
* A Kirkus Best Books of 2022
* A Parents Magazine Best Books of 2022
* People magazine's Best Children's Books of 2022


Alex Awards:

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


More Teen Honor Books:

  • The Summer of Bitter and Sweet written by Jen Ferguson
    * Stonewall Honor Book for Young Adult Literature (2023 Honor)
    * William C. Morris YA Debut Award (2023 Finalist)
    Young Adult // Ages 13 - 17
  • The Silence that Binds Us written by Joanna Ho
    * Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Literature Honor (2023 Honor)
    Young Adult // Ages 14 - 17
  • Ain’t Burned All the Bright illustrated by Jason Griffin, written by Jason Reynolds
    * Randolph Caldecott Medal (2023 Honor)
    Young Adult // Ages 12+


Dec 16

Recommending to the Next Generation by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 16, 2022 at 10:29 AM by Genesis Gaule

How many of you read The Happy Hollisters by Andrew E. Svenson under the pseudonym Jerry West? A series about a group of siblings that had fun adventures and solved mysteries. As a kid, I devoured them. So…did I read them to my kids and recommend them to my grandchildren?

Nope.

They were written at a different time, my youth. No one pointed out to the author or publisher that their biases were showing. There are all kinds of explanations I could share as to why that happened and how it was allowed. Important information and valuable to consider especially by a librarian, but isn't at the forefront of a lot of readers’ minds when choosing the next book.

Recommending a book is a gift. If a friend, sibling or teacher highly praises a book, it comes to mind when picking a title to read on the way to Grandmother’s house. Adults like it when Oprah or Reese Witherspoon put together a list, they start at the beginning and read from 1-10. If every 4th and 5th grader wants a Percy Jackson or Diary of a Wimpy Kid book because their friends are reading them, then only a limited number of kids will have their first choice. Others will have to find another title. How do they choose?

This is where personalized recommendations come into play. Library staff are super fantastic at suggesting similar titles. Please ask. We also have Staff Picks marked throughout the library if browsing is your approach. Find out what friends are reading and of course, ask Grandma (or Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor) what she read at your age. Be careful with the age reference unless you’re under 14. Remember you can be the one offering a suggestion. Yes, there are plenty of lists online professionally put together. All good places to start.

elbow-greaseSo do any of my childhood favorites show up in my children’s hands? I’ll be honest. Not many. There are all kinds of new books that I want to read and share, children’s, junior and adult varieties. Have you tried Elbow Grease by John Cena? This is about an electric car. Those didn’t even exist when I was little. The Fog Catcher’s Daughter by Marianne McShane. Monsters in the Briny by Lynn Becker. This one is for the grandchild that might like a little scare.

What about the rest of the family who need recommendations? 

P.S. Swapping books during the holidays is great fun, too!