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2017 Youth Media Awards

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery AwardCaldecott Award, Geisel Award, nonfiction book awards, and the teen book awards (Morris and Printz Awards).

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2017 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

The final installment in a graphic biography of John Lewis.

As brave as you by Jason Reynolds
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

A poetic tribute to a lesser-known part of African-American history describes how after working relentlessly for more than six days, slaves in nineteenth-century New Orleans were permitted to congregate in Congo Square.

In plain sight : a game by Richard Jackson

An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find.

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon
Also available in: audiobook

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Schneider Family Book Award

For books that feature the disability experience.

A look at the life of Louis Braille.

As brave as you by Jason Reynolds
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

When we collided by Emery Lord

Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award and Honor Books

Features children books translated into English. The winner was Cry Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and is available through MeL. One of the honor books, The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Arne Svingen is also available through MeL.

Over the ocean by Tarō Gomi

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

As time went by by José Sanabria

A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, industry and abandonment, to stewardship and inclusion as we see the evolving functions of the ship and the changing faces of the people who cherish it most of all.

Pura Belpré Autho and Illustrator Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize Latino authors and illustrators.

Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are now the proud owners of their own garage--but when a series of earthquakes hit their town and Genie, their beloved cat, disappears they find themselves traveling to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner.

Describes how Juan García Esquivel, a Mexican composer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, developed his experimental style of music, based on mariachi and other Mexican music, jazz, the human voice, and the use of unusual instruments.

Also available in: e-video

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends.

Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

The only road by Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

Stonewall Book Award and Honor Books

Recognizes books that portray the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

The hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When the god of thunder's hammer goes missing, Magnus Chase and his friends are tasked with retrieving it before an onslaught of giants attacks the mortal world.

If I was your girl by Meredith Russo
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

When the Moon was ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Best friends Miel, who has roses growing from her wrist, and Sam, who paints moons to hang from the trees, run into trouble from the four beautiful Bonner girls, who are rumored to be witches and want the roses that grow from Miel's skin.

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Also available in: e-book

Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

Takes a look at the meaning of "Pride" in the context of LGBTQ history.