Additional ALA Awards 2024


Alex Award

[for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences]

  • Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Pantheon)
  • The Talk by Darrin Bell (Holt)
  • Maame by Jessica George (St. Martin's)
  • Bad Cree by Jessica Johns [nehiyaw/Sucker Creek First Nation] (Doubleday)
  • I Will Greet the Sun Again by Khashayar J. Khabushani (Hogarth/Random House)
  • Whalefall by Daniel Kraus (MTV/Atria/Simon)
  • The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage and Triumph by Oksana Masters (Scribner/Simon)
  • Starter Villain by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Chlorine by Jade Song (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (Red Tower/Entangled)


The ALSC Children's Literature Lecture

[an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature]

Kyle Lukoff


American Indian Youth Literature Awards

[announced in even identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives. Selected titles present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts]

Picture Book winners:

  • Forever Cousins by Laurel Goodluck [Mandan & Hidatsa and Tsimshian], illustrated by Jonathan Nelson [Navajo/Diné] (Charlesbridge)
  • A Letter for Bob by Kim Rogers [Wichita & Affiliated Tribes], illustrated by Jonathan Nelson [Navajo/Diné] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)

Honor books:

  • Berry Song written and illustrated by Michaela Goade [Tlingit Nation] (Little, Brown)
  • Rock Your Mocs by Laurel Goodluck [Mandan & Hidatsa and Tsimshian], illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight [Chickasaw Nation] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)
  • Remember by Joy Harjo [Mvskoke Nation], illustrated by Michaela Goade [Tlingit Nation] (Random House Studio/Random)
  • Celebration by Lily Hope [Tlingit], illustrated by Kelsey Mata Foote [Tlingit] (Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI))
  • Contenders by Traci Sorell [Cherokee Nation], illustrated by Arigon Starr [Kickapoo Tribe] (Kokila/Penguin)

Middle Grade winner: We Still Belong by Christine Day [Upper Skagit], cover art by Madelyn Goodnight [Chickasaw Nation] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)

Honor books:

  • She Persisted: Maria Tallchief by Christine Day [Upper Skagit], illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint (Philomel)
  • She Persisted: Deb Haaland by Laurel Goodluck (Mandan & Hidatsa and Tsimshian), illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint (Philomel)
  • Eagle Drums written and illustrated by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson [Iñupiaq] (Roaring Brook)
  • Jo Jo Makoons: Fancy Pants by Dawn Quigley [Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe], illustrated by Tara Audibert [Wolastoqey] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)
  • Jo Jo Makoons: Snow Day by Dawn Quigley [Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe], illustrated by Tara Audibert [Wolastoqey] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)
  • Mascot by Traci Sorell [Cherokee Nation] and Charles Waters, jacket illustration by Nicole Neidhardt [Navajo] (Charlesbridge)
  • She Persisted: Wilma Mankiller by Traci Sorell [Cherokee Nation], illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint (Philomel)

Young Adult winner: Rez Ball by Byron Graves [Ojibwe], cover art by Natasha Donovan [Métis] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)

Honor books:

  • Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley [Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians], jacket illustration by Michaela Goade [Tlingit Nation] (Holt)
  • Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline [Métis] (Tundra)
  • Running with Changing Woman by Lorinda Martinez [Diné], cover design by Brittany Gene [Navajo] (Salina Bookshelf)
  • Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers [Cherokee Nation], illustrated by Jeff Edwards [Cherokee Nation] (Levine Querido)
  • Heroes of the Water Monster by Brian Young [Navajo Nation], jacket art by Shonto Begay [Diné] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)


Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

[for promoting Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage; awarded based on literary and artistic merit; administered by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)]

Picture Book winner: The Truth About Dragons by Julie Leung, illustrated by Hanna Cha (Holt)

Honor book: Finding Papa written by Angela Pham Krans, illustrated by Thi Bui (HarperCollins)

Children's Literature winner: Ruby Lost and Found by Christina Li (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)

Honor book: Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel written and illustrated by Betty C. Tang (Graphix/Scholastic)

Young Adult Literature winner: I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom written by Shannon C. F. Rogers (Feiwel)

Honor book: In Limbo written and illustrated by Deb JJ Lee (First Second)


Mildred L. Batchelder Award

[for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publiation in the United States]

Winner: Houses with a Story: A Dragon's Den, a Ghostly Mansion, a Library of Lost Books, and 30 More Amazing Places to Explore, written and illustrated by Seiji Yoshida, translated from Japanese by Jan Mitsuko Cash (Amulet/Abrams)

Honor books:

  • Pardalita by Joana Estrela, translated from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Levine Querido)
  • The House of the Lost on the Cape by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Yukiko Saito, translated from Japanese by Avery Fischer Udagawa (Yonder/Restless)
  • Later, When I'm Big by Bette Westera, illustrated by Mattias De Leeuw, translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson (Eerdmans)


Children's Literature Legacy Award

[honoring an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children's lives and experiences]

Pam Muñoz Ryan


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

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

Steptoe Author Award winner: Jade Adia for There Goes the Neighborhood (Hyperion)

Steptoe Illustrator Award winner: Briana Mukodiri Uchendu for We Could Fly (Candlewick), written by Rhiannon Giddens


Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

[given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force for lifetime achievement]

Christopher Paul Curtis


Margaret A. Edwards Award

[for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults]

Neal Shusterman


Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

[for distinguished digital media for an early learning audience]

Winner: Work It Out Wombats produced by GBH Kids and Pipeline Studios


  • Jamming on the Job produced by PBS North Carolina for PBS Kids


William C. Morris Award

[for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens]

Winner: Rez Ball by Byron Graves [Ojibwe] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)


  • Once There Was by Kiyash Monsef (Simon)
  • All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Saints of the Household by Ari Tison (Farrar)
  • She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran (Bloomsbury YA)


Odyssey Award

[for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States]

Winner for children: El Deafo written by Cece Bell, read by a full cast (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

Winner for young adults: Promise Boys written by Nick Brooks, read by a full cast (Macmillan Young Listeners/Macmillan Audio)

Honor audiobooks:

  • Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods written by Grace Lin, read by Lisa Ling (Hachette Audio)
  • Mexikid written by Pedro Martín, read by a full cast (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Once There Was written by Kiyash Monsef, read by Nikki Massoud (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • Sisters of the Lost Marsh written and narrated by Lucy Strange (Scholastic Audio)
  • Stateless written by Elizabeth Wein, read by Moira Quirk (Hachette Audio)


Schneider Family Book Award

[for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience]

Young Children (ages 0 to 8) winner: Henry, like Always by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by MIka Song (Chronicle)

Honor books:

  • What Happened to You? by James Catchpole, illustrated by Karen George (Little, Brown)
  • Dancing Hands by Joanna Que and Charina Marquez, illustrated by Fran Alvarez (Chronicle)

Middle Grades (ages 9-13) winner: The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn by Sally J. Pla (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)

Honor books:

  • Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt (Scholastic)

Teen (ages 14-18) winner: Forever Is Now by Mariama J. Lockington (Farrar)

Honor books:

  • Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings (Wednesday/St. Martin's)
  • Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest (Scholastic)


Stonewall Book Award — Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award

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

Children's Literature Winner:

  • Cross My Heart and Never Lie written and illustrated by Nora Dåsnes, translated from Norwegian by Matt Bagguley (Hippo Park/Astra)

Honor books:

  • Desert Queen by Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli (Levine Querido)
  • Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton, illustrated by Aśka (Graphix/Scholastic)
  • Not He or She, I'm Me by A. M. Wild, illustrated by Kah Yangni (Holt)
  • The Otherwoods by Justine Pucella Winans (Bloomsbury)

Young Adult Literature Winner:

  • Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Honor books:

  • The Long Run by James Acker (Inkyard)
  • Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
  • Ander & Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa (Wednesday/St. Martin's)
  • The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen)


Sydney Taylor Book Awards

[to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience; presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)]

Picture Book winner: Two New Years by Richard Ho, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield (Chronicle)

Honor books:

  • Hidden Hope: How a Toy and a Hero Saved Lives During the Holocaust by Elisa Boxer, illustrated by Amy June Bates (Abrams)
  • Afikomen written by Tziporah Cohen, illustrated by Yaara Eshet (Groundwood)
  • Hanukkah Upside Down by Elissa Brent Weissman, illustrated by Omer Hoffmann (Abrams)

Middle Grade winner: The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari Lowe (Levine Querido)

Honor books:

  • The Jake Show by Joshua S. Levy (Tegen/HarperCollins)
  • A Sky Full of Song by Susan Lynn Meyer (Union Square Kids)
  • Don't Want to Be Your Monster by Deke Moulton (Tundra)
  • Not So Shy by Noa Nimrodi (Kar-Ben/Lerner)

Young Adult winner: The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Honor book:

  • Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Wednesday/St. Martin's)
  • Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard/Harlequin)
  • Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)
  • Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust by Neal Shusterman, illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez (Graphix/Scholastic)

Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award winner: Joni Sussman

For the complete list, including Notables, visit AJL's website.


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner: Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed by Dashka Slater (Farrar)


  • America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History by Ariel Aberg-Riger (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
  • Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge (Zest/Lerner)
  • From Here by Luma Mufleh (Paulsen/Penguin)
  • Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham (First Second)


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