On Monday, January 28, three well established awards, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Sydney Taylor Book Award, and the American Indian Youth Literature Award, joined the Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA Midwinter.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
“The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit” (from the APALA website).
“As we continue to move towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in all aspects of librarianship, the inclusion of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Awards and others like American Indian Library Association’s Literature Awards and the Association of Jewish Libraries’s Sydney Taylor Awards as part of the ALA Youth Media Award Announcement is a step in the right direction. It is with great excitement that the we can highlight the works by Asian/Pacific American authors and illustrators that promote Asian culture and heritages and give readers greater choices for more diverse titles. Since the Youth Media Awards ceremony, we have already seen increased visibility and readership for the authors, the titles, and the awards. We are working closely with ALA to refine and improve the process and procedures to make sure all of our award winners and honor titles will be included in next year’s award ceremony. ” – Dora Ho, APALA Chair
The Children’s Literature Award winner is:
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
The Children’s Literature honor title is:
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
The Young Adult Literature winner is:
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
The Young Adult Literature honor title is:
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.
To view the press release visit: http://www.apalaweb.org/2019-asian-pacific-american-award-for-literature-winners-selected/
Sydney Taylor Book Award
“The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience” (from the AJL website).
“The Sydney Taylor Book Awards, especially this year at the Youth Media Awards give Jewish children a chance to feel seen in their books and reading. Non-Jewish readers will benefit as they learn about a different culture through authentic, compelling literature. We are exceptionally proud of this year’s winners and honors and we hope that readers of all backgrounds will enjoy them.” – Rebecca Levitan, Sydney Taylor Book Award Incoming Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Younger Reader winner is:
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Younger Readers honor titles are:
A Moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Grandpré
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Older Readers winner is:
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Older Readers honor titles are:
All Three Stooges by Erica S. Perl
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Teen Readers winner is:
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper, illustrated by the author
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Teen Readers honor title is:
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
To view the press release visit: https://jewishlibraries.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Awards/2019_stba_press_release.pdf
American Indian Youth Literature Awards
“The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians” (from the AILA website).
2019 is an off year for the American Indian Youth Literature Awards. Winners will be included in the 2020 YMA announcements.
The ALSC Public Awareness Committee did reach out to the chair of the AILA Awards but did not receive a response in time to include in this blog post.
To view the 2018 press release visit: https://ailanet.org/2018-aila-awards/
For additional information:
— ALA to support multicultural literature for youth with enhanced 2019 Youth Media Awards – ALA Public Awareness Office
— Reflections on the 2019 Youth Media Awards – ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
— Unpacking Midwinter: Updates from the Midwinter ALSC Board Meetings & Other Meetings – ALSC President
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials