Hi All! It’s Becky. We are just a few weeks away from the announcement of the winner for the ALA Youth Media Awards but before we get the officially winners here are my picks for the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Awards.
Bear Came Along by Leuyen Pham
Pham used colors and movement to tell a story filled with beautiful details and striking images that is a surprising gem that will hopefully win over the Caldecott Committee.
In A Stone Sat Still Caldecott Honors recipient Brenden Wenzel created a beautiful book that plays with color and perspective while Evan Turk’s You are Home: An Ode to the National Parks is a breathtaking book that uses gorgeous illustrations to pay tribute to the national park system. A Stone Sat Still and You Are Home are both filled with wonderful illustrations that showcase the illustrators skills that may make the final Caldecott list.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Emezi has written a modern book that deals with serious contemporary issues such as child abuse and LGBTQ rights while also writing a book that feels like a classic piece of children’s/young adult literature. Jam’s experiences, from transitioning to learning about the evils that exist in the world, are written in a beautiful and poetic way that captures the reader from the first word. Emezi story is engaging and beautifully that has already been short listed for The National Book Award and I would be surprised if it doesn’t appear on other award and best of lists.
Look Both Ways highlights Jason Reynolds pitch perfect writing. The book is filled with strong characters whose storylines perfectly connect to make another incredible book by the Newbery Honors recipient. New Kid is a new take on the classic tale of not fitting in. Craft’s graphic novel is relatable and appealing to young readers who will see themselves in the pages. Both Look Both Ways and New Kid are strong and distinguished pieces of literature that may just make the Newbery list.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Lovely War is one of those books that just feels very literary. Berry wrote parallel storylines, one which is beautifully crafted with in historical fact and the other wonderfully steeped in mythology, which perfectly complement one another. The story is well developed, realistic with hints of fantasy, while being heartfelt. Berry got Printz Honors for her book The Passion of Dolssa and she may just win the award for this year.
Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson was one of my favorite books of last year. Hutchinson’s memoir about his struggles with depression and coming out is relevant and perfectly written in a way that his story is relatable and haunting and completely worthy of being recognized by the Printz committee. In Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All Printz winner, Laura Ruby wrote an engrossing historical fiction that makes itself relevant through its depiction of treatment of woman and threat of war that may get her recognized by the Printz committee for a second time.
What’s your pick for this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards? Add your picks to the comment section.