ALA Awards

For the Nerdy Book Club, there is a sense of anticipation that comes along with a January Monday where the book lovers and librarians and teachers and students offer their predictions about the best books from the year before. Mock awards are presented in classrooms and at libraries, but we all watch and wait for this Monday. We wonder if our dearly beloved favorite books will make the cut or if we’ll be introduced to new titles for our TBR lists.

It’s like our Academy Awards – the nominations and award show all in one.

So, a drum roll please, as we give a nod to the books that have been chosen for this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Where Things Come Back


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

The Returning

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

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


Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Breaking Stalin's Nose

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


A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Ball for Daisy


Blackout by John Rocco


Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green

Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell