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ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2019

Did you know? JLG-selected authors and illustrators took home 54 awards and honors from the ALA Youth Media Awards this year. Make sure these titles are on your shelves!

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      Dreamers

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
      She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
      Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
      The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
      Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

      Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

      by Gail Jarrow

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      On October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans heard H. G. Wells's infamous War of the Worlds broadcast and at first panicked, thinking that aliens had invaded Earth. The angry public’s reaction sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda, and the role of radio.

      I, Claudia

      by Mary McCoy

      Dec 2018

      Mystery High Plus

      At the Imperial Day Academy, where students such as Claudia are elected to positions of authority over their classmates, school politics isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a cutthroat power struggle. Discussion questions.

      Darius the Great Is Not Okay

      by Adib Khorram

      Nov 2018

      Young Adults

      Afterword with resources. Darius, who’s half Persian, has never fit in at home in Oregon. He’s sure things will be the same in Iran; but then he meets Sohrab and everything changes.

      The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor: From the Bronx to the Supreme Court

      by Sonia Sotomayor

      Nov 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      As a child, Sonia Sotomayor dreamed of becoming a lawyer and a judge—though she'd never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood. As she grew up, she didn't let hardships stand in her way. Family tree. Glossary of Spanish words. Brief history of the Supreme Court. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Damsel

      by Elana K. Arnold

      Nov 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      In this dark, powerful fairy tale, the damsel in distress is rescued by her prince, but finds herself in even greater danger once she arrives at his castle.

      When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

      by Michael Mahin

      Nov 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violín. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing—a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.
      Carlos tried el clarinete and el violín, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he’d grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?
      Author’s note. Bibliography. Further listening. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic and enamel markers on canvas.

      The Rough Patch

      by Brian Lies

      Nov 2018

      Primary

      Evan—a farmer—and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their showstopping garden where everything grows big and beautiful. One day, the unthinkable happens: Evan’s dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. Soon, the patch fills with weeds, becoming ugly with prickles and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos and misery. When a twisting pumpkin vine reaches under the fence, he decides to let it grow. It grows and grows and produces an immense pumpkin. Drawn back to the county fair he and his dog visited every year, Evan reconnects with old friends and his pumpkin wins the perfect prize: a new pup to bring home.
      New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Brian Lies has created a beautiful, accessible, and deeply personal story about friendship, loss, and recovery. Detailed paintings depict the changing seasons and convey great emotion. The Rough Patch is an ideal choice for those experiencing the loss of a pet or a loved one.
      Full-color illustrations created with acrylics, oils, and colored pencils.

      Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

      by Alice Faye Duncan

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      $12.75  $10.00  Member Price
      In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city’s refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.
      Memphis sanitation strike time line. Museum to visit. Sources. Source notes. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      Check Please!: # Hockey

      by Ngozi Ukazu

      Oct 2018

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It's nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There’s checking. Second, there is Jack—his very attractive but moody captain.
      A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: # Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
      Foreword. Extra comic strips. Character tweets. Full-color illustrations.

      All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

      by Emily Jenkins

      Oct 2018

      Primary Plus

      Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.
      Yiddish glossary. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. List of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family books. Sources. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

      The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

      by John Hendrix

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      A gripping account of a pastor who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to free the German people from oppression during World War II. Epilogue. Author’s note. Note on research process and historical accuracy. Selected bibliography. Notes. Index. Full-color illustrations created with hand-drawn pencil and digital brushes, then colored digitally.
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