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Additional ALA Awards 2015

Alex Awards

for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

• All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
• Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (Houghton)
• Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine (Random House/Spiegel & Grau)
• Confessions by Kanae Minato, trans. by Stephen Snyder (Little, Brown/Mulholland Books)
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)
• Lock In by John Scalzi (Tom Doherty/Tor)
• The Martian by Andy Weir (Random House/Crown)
• The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles (Simon/TED Books)
• Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
• Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (Farrar)


May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site

Pat Mora will deliver the 2016 lecture


Andrew Carnegie Medal

for excellence in children’s video

Me…Jane produced by Paul Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard (Weston Woods)


Margaret A. Edwards Award

for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

Sharon M. Draper for, among others, Tears of a Tiger (1994), Forged by Fire (1997), Darkness Before Dawn (2001), Battle of Jericho (2004), Copper Sun (2006), and November Blues (2007), all published by Atheneum


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

for the most distinguished beginning reader book

Winner
You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang; illus. by Christopher Weyant (Two Lions, New York)

Honor Books
Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant; illus. by Arthur Howard (Houghton)
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems; illus. by the author (Disney/Hyperion)


Virginia Hamilton Award

given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force for lifetime achievement

Deborah D. Taylor, coordinator of school and student services at Baltimore’s Enoch Free Library


William C. Morris Award

honors a book written by a first-time author for young adults

Winner
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (Cinco Puntos Press)

Finalists
• The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley (Elephant Rock Productions)
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnson (Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab)
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos (Egmont)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Candlewick)


Odyssey Award

for excellence in audiobook production

Winner
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers (Live Oak Media)

Honor Books
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written and narrated by Tim Federle (AUDIOWORKS Children’s)
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place written by Julie Berry and narrated by Jayne Entwistle (Listening Library)
A Snicker of Magic written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris (Scholastic Audiobooks)


Schneider Family Book Award

for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

Children ages 0–10
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz; illus. by Catia Chien (Houghton)

Middle School, ages 11–13
Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin (Feiwel)

Teen, ages 13–18
Girls like Us by Gail Giles (Candlewick)


John Steptoe New Talent Award

given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force to young authors or illustrators who demonstrate outstanding promise

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum)


Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience

Winner
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman; illus. by Kristyna Litten (Magination Press)

Honor books
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Candlewick)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Dial)
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino; illus. by Isabelle Malenfant (Groundwood)


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

given biannually to honor an author or illustrator for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children

Donald Crews


YALSA Nonfiction Award

for excellence in nonfiction for young adults

Winner
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
by Maya Van Wagenen (Dutton)

Finalists
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (Roaring Brook)
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade)
Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully by author (Clarion)
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)

See the Horn Book’s reviews of major 2015 ALA Youth Media Award winners here.

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