Category: Awards

2016 American Indian Youth Literature Awards

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years by the American Indian Library Association. The awards recognize the best in writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Here are the winners and the honor books:


Little You

Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III


House of Purple Cedar

House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle



Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People

Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S. D. Nelson


Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale


Her Land, Her Love

Her Land, Her Love by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie

Lollies Short List

The Lollies has filled the void left by the end of the Roald Dahl Prize. A panel headed by Michael Rosen selected four titles in each category and now children in Britain will vote for their favorites. Here are the shortlisted titles:


 Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien

I need a wee! Slug Needs a Hug

I Need a Wee! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross



Badly Drawn Beth The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom

Badly Drawn Beth by Jem Packer and Duncan McCoshan

The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle

Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Wilf the Mighty Worrier: Saves the World

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan

Wilf the Mighty Worrior: Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett and Jamie Littler



 Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco (Emily Sparkes, #1)

Danger Is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald

The Parent Agency Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel and Jim Field

Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart and Gemma Correll


2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

The Quick Picks list is always my favorite list of the year. I find titles on it every year that I’ve never heard of and that are amazing and even better will be popular with teen readers! YALSA picks the Quick Picks list every year and it includes both fiction and nonfiction. Here are the top ten titles for 2016, but the big list is worth looking at for great additions to your library collections:

Dumplin' Everything, Everything

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Nimona Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future! by Kate Schatz

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) Shadowshaper

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Shadowshapers by Daniel Jose Older

The Silence of Six (SOS, #1) Zeroboxer

The Silence of Six by E. C. Myers

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Every year YALSA creates a list of amazing graphic novels for teens. They also pick a Top Ten Great Graphic Novels list. Here is this year’s top ten:

Awkward Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed

Lumberjanes (Volumes 1 & 2)by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters, illustrated by Brooke Allen

Ms. Marvel (Volumes 2 & 3) by G. Willow Wilson

Nimona Roller Girl

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Sacred Heart A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 (A Silent Voice, #1)

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

A Silent Voice (Volumes 1-3) by Yoshitoki Oima

Trashed The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power

Trashed by Derf Backderf

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Volumes 1 &2) by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson

2016 AAAS/Subaru Science Books Prizes

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and Subaru presented the winners of the 2016 prizes for Excellence in Science Books. The prizes “recognize recently published works that are scientifically sound and foster an understanding and appreciation of science in readers of all ages.”

Here are the winners:


A Chicken Followed Me Home!: Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl

A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page



The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk by Sy Montgomery


How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of de-Extinction

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction by Beth Shapiro


A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Best Breeds, Creating a Home, Care and Handling, Outdoor Fun, Crafts and Treats

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens by Melissa Caughey

2016 Edgar Award Nominations

The Mystery Writers of American have chosen the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. Winners will be announced on April 28. Below are the nominees in the youth categories:


Catch You Later, Traitor If You Find This

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
If You Find This by Matthew Baker

The Shrunken Head (The Curiosity House, #1) The Blackthorn Key
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester
Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught



Endangered A Madness So Discreet

Endangered by Lamar Giles
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1) The Walls Around Us
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Ask the Dark
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner