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
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
The Returning by Christine Hinwood
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Blackout by John Rocco
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell