ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2016

ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2016

Though I wish I could go to ALA and their Midwinter meeting, I am always happy to watch the YMA announcement in my pjs!

Below are this year’s results. Winners get cover art. I compiled this from ALA’s not-so-pretty-to-look-at press release.

Newbery- Most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. It went to a picture book… that also got a Caldecott honor… and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor! This was the only big surprise to me this year.
Last Top on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Honor Books:
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Caldecott- most distinguished American picture book
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Honor Books:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews
Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award- recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
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All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds
X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Trombone Shorty,
illustrated by Bryan Collier

Honor Books:
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
by Ronald L. Smith

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,  
illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Jerry Pinkney

Michael L. Printz Award
Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

Honor Books:
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Schneider Family Book Award- books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. This award has a winner for each age division.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls for ages 0-10
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt for ages 11-13

and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten for ages 13-18

Alex Awards- 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
All Involved by Ryan Gattis
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Girl at War by Sara Nović
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Andrew Carnegie Medal- children’s video
Weston Woods Studio’s for “That is NOT a Good Idea”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award- author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Jerry Pinkney

Margaret A. Edwards Award- lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
David Levithan

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award- recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Jacqueline Woodson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award- an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States.
The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna, translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Honor Books:
Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin
Written and Drawn by Henrietta, written, illustrated and translated from the Spanish by Liniers

Odyssey Award- best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
The War that Saved My Life, produced by Listening Library, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.
Honor Books:
Echo produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award- honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
The Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle

Honor Books:
My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata, illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpré (Author) Award
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,
written by Margarita Engle

Honor Books:
The Smoking Mirror, written by David Bowles
Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award- most distinguished informational book for children
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,
illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Honor Books:
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Stonewall Book Award- Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. This award had two winners.
George by Alex Gino

and The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Honor Books:
Wonders of the Invisible World, written by Christopher Barzak and
Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, written by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award- most distinguished beginning reader book
Don’t Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Honor Books:
A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

William C. Morris Award- debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Honor Books:
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award- nonfiction for young adults
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Honor Books:
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain



Public libraries have unique opportunities

Public libraries have unique opportunities

This is a short clip from the 2015 ALA Annual Conference that just wrapped up in San Francisco. Joshua Davis suggests that libraries have a wonderful opportunity to fill the gaps in education by providing informal hands-on educational opportunities. I couldn’t agree with this more. This is what I call “finding a hole and filling it” in your community.

Public libraries should NEVER feel or be treated as though they are obsolete or irrelevant. We are in a unique position to offer just about anything our community requires. Community space. Unique collections. Local history. Entertaining and educational programming. Within our (albeit sometimes severe) financial constraints, the sky is the limit.

via 2015 ALA Annual Conference – Joshua Davis on Libraries and Oppurtunity – YouTube.

The ALA Banned Books Poster Debacle

The ALA Banned Books Poster Debacle

Via the American Library Association store

There it is. The poster that sparked some major outrage. Library Juice has called it Islamaphobic stating,

Clearly, the image links suppression of information with the religion of Islam, depicting a woman whose eyes are showing through her niqab. No one denies that there is suppression of information in a number of countries where Islam is the national religion, but this image implies an identity between the religion and the practice of censorship. I think most of us can think of some American muslims who would take offense at that. Perhaps they are even members of the American Library Association.

There is also a petition to have it removed from the ALA store that states,

This poster uses undeniably Islamophobic imagery of a woman in  traditional Muslim clothing.  It should be removed immediately from the ALA Graphics store, and the ALA Graphics Store and Office of Intellectual Freedom should apologize and explain how they will prevent using unethical imagery in the future.

Let the ALA leadership and Graphics Store know that this poster violates the ALA Code of Ethics, represents libraries and librarians as discriminatory and non-inclusive, and must be removed immediately.

I have seen so many widely varying ideas about this image. Some people see a woman wearing a niqab. Some see a woman looking through a Do Not Enter sign.

Unfortunately, I did not see the poster outside of the debate so I cannot say what I would have thought of it on its own. What I can say is that I don’t care for the term “Readstricted” as it trips my eyes up. I had to say it aloud a couple of times to make it work for my eyes. And I would have chosen a different color for the cover of the book. But those are design issues.

As Agnostic, Maybe points out, the ALA store is also selling a downloadable poster that you can edit to put yourself in the image. Seeing it this way certainly does change the image for me quite a bit. It is more obviously a Do Not Enter sign.

Overall, the big issue seems to be intent. What were they trying to do here? If the intent was as speculated, then many are wondering how many saw this in production and how no one thought this might be a bad idea. Perhaps it was just a design blunder?

And if the intent was as speculated, then the statement is that having access to books information can transform and enlighten. I suppose it is a question of what you feel it means to be enlightened. That is a much bigger discussion for another time. I am not a member of the community in question so I don’t feel I have the right to be offended for them.

Since I began writing this (also trying to get ready for #txla15), the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has released a statement on the matter. Here it is:

We are aware of the comments about this year’s poster for Banned Books Week. We appreciate and respect the concern expressed by the commenters on behalf of the individuals and communities served by their libraries, as well as the concern expressed for the association’s work on behalf of diversity and intellectual freedom.

We take to heart any distress we may have inadvertently caused anyone. The poster was never intended to offend or shock, nor was there any intent to include any ethnic or cultural stereotypes. The aim of the campaign is to employ the universal signage for “Do Not Enter” – a red circle with a bar across it – as a visual proxy for book censorship. It is not a head covering.

We attempted to embrace diversity by including a person of color – which, combined with the graphic elements of the design, appears to have contributed to the multiple perceptions of the poster. It is especially unfortunate that a poster meant to embrace diversity has raised concerns about possible stereotyping and offense.

Commenters have shared how the image evokes a burqa or a niqab. This simply did not occur to us as the design for the poster developed. Our design team included a Muslim woman who wears traditional dress. She was enthusiastic about the campaign and the poster design and we were pleased to work with her on it. We have shared the comments with her and she is surprised that the poster has been interpreted as traditional Muslim dress.

We have read and carefully considered all the feedback. We will be exploring alternatives and our future course of action in the coming week with the goal of reaching a resolution that responds to members’ concerns and upholds the values of our association and the profession. We will continue to engage in the robust exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of our values.

As always, our goal for Banned Books Week is to highlight the harms of censorship and to promote the freedom to read for all.

So they do plan to take some action. But, again, Agnostic, Maybe asks a very important question… if they do respond to the petition and the outcry, how does this look for our national figurehead’s response to censorship?

What do you see? What do you think? I will update when their action has been announced over the next few days.

I was visited by the Ghost of ALA Future last night.

I was visited by the Ghost of ALA Future last night.

This video of Barbara Striping talking about voting in ALA Elections started playing on my computer in the middle of the night for some reason waking me and my husband up.

Needless to say, it was a little unsettling. Professional Confessional: I have not ever voted in an ALA election before. I probably actually can’t at this point because I think I need to renew my membership? Anyway, it was a little like I was Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the Ghost of ALA Future warning me of the things to come.

But i DID vote for the first time in the TLA elections this year!

Have you voted? Ever run for a position with ALA or TLA before? Being a presenter for the first time this year, I am very interested in getting more involved in TLA, for sure. And I would LOVE to go to more ALA conferences. But membership and attending conferences is very pricey. Some day…

ALA voting begins today and goes through May 1st. Go here to cast your ballot.

TLA voting… just happened. Might be over? Honestly I can’t find any dates on their website. Not good. But here is a link to the Members Only area where you would vote if it was still happening.

UPDATE: I was able to vote in the ALA elections! I guess my membership hadn’t run out? Not sure how but… Big year for me, guys! 🙂