If you're majoring in Education, or are otherwise just really interested in youth literature, the Youth Media Awards were announced on January 23, 2012. These include the Newbery Award for literature, the Caldecott Award for picture books, the Printz Award for teen fiction, and many more. Check out the links below:
The John Newbery Medal is awarded to the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
The Mildred Batchelder Award goes to a book previously published in another country and then translated into English.
The Pura Belpre Award goes to the best Latino/Latina book that "portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience".
The Andrew Carnegie Medal goes to children's video.
The Theodor (Seuss) Geisel Award goes to the "most distinguished American book for beginning readers."
The Robert Sibert Award goes to the "most distinguished informational book published".
The Randolph Caldecott Medal goes to the "artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
The Alex Awards go to adult books with high interest for teenagers.
The Margaret Edwards Award goes to an author for long standing contribution to young adult literature.
The William Morris Award goes to a debut author for young adult fiction.
The YALSA Award for Excellence in NonFiction is exactly what it sounds like.
The Odyssey Award goes to excellence in audio books.
The Michael Printz Award goes to "literary excellence in young adult literature."
The Coretta Scott King Award goes to "African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience."
The Schneider Family Book Award goes to books dealing with children and disabilities.
The Stonewall Book Awards, for both fiction and nonfiction, relate to the GLBT experience.
Many of these books should already been available in the Library's LRC collection. If they are not, we will be purchasing them!