Category: Awards

2016 Teens’ Top Ten

YALSA has announced the Teens’ Top Ten for 2016. Nominees are currently being taken through December 31st for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten list. Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their picks here.

Here are the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten:

Alive All the Bright Places

Alive by Chandler Baker

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Every Last Word Everything, Everything

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Game of Love and Death Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Novice (Summoner, #1) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls When

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

When by Victoria Laurie


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Governor General’s 2016 Finalists

The finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced and the winners will be revealed on October 25th. Two of the categories are specifically for younger readers. Here are the finalists for those categories:


Calvin The Emperor of Any Place

Calvin by Marine Leavitt

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

Once, in a Town Called Moth A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1)

Once in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent

A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett



The Branch A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

The Branch by Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Ooko Tokyo Digs a Garden

Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2016 have been announced. The awards cover Australian literature in a variety of categories with two of them focused on younger readers. Here are the shortlists for those categories:


Adelaide's Secret World The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar

Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst

The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle

Mr Huff Perfect

Mr. Huff by Anna Walker

Perfect by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood

Sister Heart

Sister Heart by Sally Morgan



Becoming Kirrali Lewis Green Valentine

Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison

Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) In-Between Days

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In Between Days by Vikki Wakefield

A Single Stone

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay

2016 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Coordinated by Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University and administered by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, this award celebrates authors who “authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.”

Two authors won the award this year:

Echo Out of Darkness

Pam Munoz Ryan for Echo

Ashley Hope-Perez for Out of Darkness

National Book Award Long List

The long list for the National Book Award has been announced. The National Book Foundation will announce the five finalists from the list on October 13 and the winner will be presented on November 16.

Here are the nominees for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature:

Booked Burn Baby Burn

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Ghost March: Book Three (March, #3)

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

Pax Raymie Nightingale

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story The Sun Is Also a Star

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

When the Moon Was Ours When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin


Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

In its third year, this British children’s book award has four categories that are age specific and the shortlist has three titles in each of those categories. Here are the shortlisted titles:


Never Touch a Monster, Board book Peekaboo Pals A to Z

My Enormous Book of Colours by Philip Dauncey, illustrated by The Boy Fitzhammond

Never Touch a Monster by Rosie Greening, illustrated by Stuart Lynch

Peekaboo A-Z by Becky Davies, illustrated by Gareth Lucas



The Bumblebear Oi Dog!

The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen

Oi Dog! by Kes and Clare Grey

You Must Bring a Hat

You Must Bring a Hat by Kate Hindley



Claude Going for Gold! Dave Pigeon (Dave Pigeon, #1)

Claude: Going for Gold by Alex T. Smith

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Violet and the Hidden Treasure (Violet #2)

Violet and the Hidden Treasure by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor



The Bubble Boy The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1)

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Time Travelling with a Hamster

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford