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Get ready for the 2022 ALA Youth Media Awards!

By: JLG Marketing | January 20, 2022 |

The 2022 ALA Youth Media Awards will be held next week on Monday, January 24th at 9:00 AM EST. Every January, the American Library Association honors videos, books, and other content for children and young adults. This year, the awards will be held virtually, and can be streamed here. 

Here at Junior Library Guild, we are so excited for the ALA Youth Media Awards, and we cannot wait to see which JLG Gold Standard picks are awarded this year. After gathering starred and favorable reviews all year, the Youth Media Awards bring home even more praise and positive press for our Gold Standard Selections.  

Here is a quick rundown of each of the awards that will be presented this year.  

Alex Awards 

The Alex Awards are a group of awards given to ten books written specifically for young adults every year. The Alex Awards began in 1998, and officially became part of the ALA Youth Media Awards in 2002. 

Coretta Scott King Awards 

Every year, the Coretta Scott King Awards are presented to African American Authors and Illustrators who create books for children and young adults that honor African American culture. These awards are in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  

The Corretta Scott King Awards are comprised of three different awards: Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Award. 

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement  

Named after Newbery medal winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton, the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an African American author or illustrator who has made a lasting impact on children’s literature. This award is also sponsored by ALA’s EMIERT. 

Children’s Literature Legacy Award 

The Children's Literature Legacy Award is presented to an author or illustrator within the United States whose work has greatly contributed to children's literature. This honor is formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and was created in 1954  

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award 

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is relatively new and was created in 2019. This award honors a digital media producer that has created digital content for early learning audiences.  

John Newbery Medal 

The John Newbery Medal is awarded every year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to America Literature for children” according to the Association for Library Service to Children, which is a part of the American Library Association. This award was established in 1921 and was named after John Newbery, a British bookseller in the 18th century.  

Margaret A. Edwards Award 

Established in 1988, the Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented to an author and their specific body of work. This award is given to an author and a piece that has significantly contributed to the world of literature for young adults.  

Michael L. Printz Award 

This award is given to a book that “exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature,” according to the American Library Association.  

Mildred L. Batchelder Award 

Established in 1966, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is dedicated to an American publisher for outstanding books originally written in another language and translated to English to be published in America.  

Odyssey Award 

The Odyssey Award recognizes the ancient art of storytelling and honors a producer of the best audiobook for young adults published in the U.S. each year 

Pura Belpré Awards 

Pura Belpré was the first Latina librarian to work at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré award, given in her honor, recognizes a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator who celebrates their cultural experience through children’s literature.  

Randolph Caldecott Medal 

Named after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th century illustrator, this award recognizes one distinct American picture book every year.  

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal honors distinguished informational books. This is awarded to the authors and illustrators of one piece every year.  

Schneider Family Book Award 

Used to recognize literature that exemplifies the disability experience, the Schneider Family Book Award is given to one author or illustrator every year. There are three categories for this award: teen, middle school, and children’s books.  

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award 

This award is given every year to a book relating to LGBTQIA+ experiences for young people. This award is presented by the Rainbow Round Table, which is a part of the American Library Association.  

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 

Established in 2004, the Theodor Suess Geisel Award is used to recognize literary and artistic works that engage children in reading using creativity and imagination. Theodor Seuss Geisel, much better known as Dr. Suess, is known for whimsical and playful characters that helped engage children in reading.  

William C. Morris Award 

This award was originally created in 2009 and recognizes a first-time writer in young adult literature.  

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 

This award recognizes nonfiction books for young adults. A short list of the top five contending titles is published in early December.  

Looking to be ahead of the curve with your library collection? Get next year's winners as they are published through our monthly JLG shipments! Learn more about the services we offer on our website. 

We will also be live-tweeting the awards ceremony for those who can’t tune in. Follow us on twitter at @JrLibraryGuild for real-time updates on the winners of each category and check out our blog next week for a full run down of the results.  

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