At the end of each year I become an amateur pollster.
I survey people to help me predict the winner of an election for which I am not even a registered voter.
My candidates are books (and their authors). The election is for the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. The awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. Committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts choose the winners.
This year I predicted that March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin would win an award.
I was wrong.
The book actually won an amazing FOUR awards: Coretta Scott King Award, Robert F. Sibert Award , Michael L. Printz Award, and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
Take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.
illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. This book also received the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award, recognizing an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
illustrated by Nate Powell
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. This book also received the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults; the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children; and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
written by Laurie Keller
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.