RAR # 199: The Books that Won, and Few That Should Have (2022 Youth Media Awards)
Every year, our Read-Aloud Revival Team watches the American Library Association Youth Media Awards together.
These are the official awards of ALA. Some you’ll recognize, like the Caldecott, the Newbery and the Coretta Scott King Awards. But others are not quite as well known ...
The ALA Youth Media Awards honor books that have been published in the previous year, so this year’s awards ceremony in January 2022 was honoring books that had been published in the year 2021 only.
For this episode the RAR team gathered together to talk about the announcements that made us cheer, the familiar faces that we loved seeing win, and ...
...just a few books that we think should have gotten some ALA love. 😉
Tune in to hear:
- about our favorite book winners and people who took home honors
- other books published in 2021 that the RAR team loves
- tons of book recommendations! (Don't worry - they're all linked below!)
Click the play button below or scroll down to keep reading.
Grace Lin wins the Children's Literature Legacy Award
The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial, lasting contribution to literature for children.
Previous winners include Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, Jerry Pinkney, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Fun fact - Laura Ingalls Wilder won the very first medal and it used to be called the Wilder Medal because of it! )
This year, the award was given to Grace Lin! That was a fun moment when the team all cheered because Grace Lin is a favorite here at RAR.
She came to RAR Premium to talk about her middle grade novel called Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Although lately, RAR Community Director Kortney Garrison has been loving her new board book series called Storytelling Math, especially The Last Marshmallow, which she says almost requires a mug of cocoa!
Jane Yolen, Miriam and Owl Moon ...
Another author we love at RAR who was honored at the awards this year is Jane Yolen.
She was the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner, an award which recognizes an author who has made a substantial contribution over time to the genre of Jewish children’s literature.
A winner last year and a book the the team has enjoyed is Miriam at the River, a picture book telling the story of baby Moses being put in his basket, told by his older sister. The illustrations by Khoa Le are just gorgeous.
Jane has also been to RAR Premium -- she came to talk about Owl Moon and brought along her adult daughter, Heidi Stemple, who is actually the girl who goes owling in Owl Moon!
Lifetime Achievement Winner Nikki Grimes