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Youth Media Award Predictions 2022!

The Youth Media Awards are announced in exactly one week- Monday January 24 at 8 a.m. CST. You can watch “the most exciting powerpoint of the year” live here.

Half the fun of Youth Media Awards is having mock award events and then guessing and predicting and reacting. Did your library do a Mock award this year? Remember to submit your results to the ALSC blog round up!!

It’s always fun to see different people’s prediction posts and I decided to see how well I’ll do this year. Take a look, and please post your own predictions in the comments!

Caldecott 2022 Prediction: MedalWatercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang Honors: Everybody in the Red Brick Building, illustrated by Oge Mora and written by Anne Wynter, Milo Imagines the World, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña, Soul Food Sunday, illustrated by C.G. Esperana and written by Winsome Bingham

Newbery 2022 Prediction: Medal: Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff Honors: The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin, The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera, Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh

Coretta Scott King 2022 Prediction: Medal: A Sitting in St. James, written by Rita Williams-Garcia Honor: Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes, The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi

Printz 2022 Prediction: Medal: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, Honor: A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

Geisel 2022 Prediction: Medal: Harry vs. The First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins Honors:13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavnrich, Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake

Sibert 2022 Prediction: MedalThe Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin, Honors: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Fallout: Spies, Bombs and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin, A Shot in the Arm by Don Brown.

Pura Belpre 2022 Prediction: Medal: The Last Cuentista written by Donna Barba Higuera.

Mildred L. Batchelder 2022 Prediction: Sadly, I did not read enough translations this year to make an informed decision on this one, but maybe that could be a worthwhile challenge in future years. As shown on the YMA results page,  the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group named two winners and one honor title. (Three books I’m definitely putting on my to-read list). The Day the Rain Moved in, and Riley Can’t Stop Crying, and In the Meadow of Fantasies.

I’ll circle back next week and see how I did, I cannot wait to see what the committees decided! Let me know your predictions in the comments.


  1. Charles Pieri

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for sharing all of your predictions for the Youth media awards–there are some great books out there for sure!

    I would like to leave a comment about the Geisel 2022 predictions that you listed. I was a little confused about the titles you choose, as I was a member of the Gesiel committee recently. Here is the page for the Geisel award terms and criteria:

    The most important thing that was overlooked is that there is a maximum page length of 96 pages for titles to be considered for the Geisel award. Two of the titles you chose were over 96 pages. The third title, 13 ways to eat a fly was an appropriate choice in page length, but the print was very small and the vocabulary was so challenging that I think that it would be difficult for a beginning reader to read successfully.

    Do you know about a blog called Guessing Geisel? They have some good examples of predictions for the Geisel award:

    One title I am really excited about for the 2022 Geisel Award is See the dog: Three stories about a cat. I hope it at least gets chosen as an honor book, if not the award itself!

    Can’t wait to see all the winners! 🙂


  2. Carol Wolfenbarger

    I like See the Dog : Three Stories About a Cat.

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