Kids & Parents

2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

I have spent lots of time recently looking at the polling data. 

The information I’m talking about is not political polling data. I know better than to discuss that topic with friends, family, or colleagues.  

Youth Media Awards
My subject of choice is the children’s book award polling data.

Children’s librarians love to participate mock election programs to predict the winners of the America Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about some of the great, new books for kids.

This year I participated in the Butler Children’s Literature Center’s Mock Pura Belpré Award.

Youth Media Awards
I had a great time freely sharing my thoughts and opinions while campaigning for my favorite titles.

Alas, my choice was not the top vote-getter in the mock election or for the actual award. Since voting is a secret ballot process, I won’t tell which author and illustrator got my vote.

But if you’re looking for great suggestions for books that celebrate the Latino cultural experience I would love to talk to you the next time you are in the library.

Until then, take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.

La Princesa and the Pea

La Princesa and the Pea

illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

written by Susan Middleton Elya

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl

written by Ruth Behar

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Charlie & Mouse

Charlie & Mouse

written by Laurel Snyder

illustrated by Emily Hughes

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

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

Hello Universe

Hello, Universe

written by Erin Entrada Kelly

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

illustrated by Ekua Holmes

written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award, recognizing an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Twelve Days in May

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

written by Larry Dane Brimner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.

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