On the Monday morning of every ALA Midwinter Meeting, crowds gather in an auditorium-style room for the announcement of the Youth Media Awards. The announcements, which are also streamed live, encompass many of the awards given by committees charged through ALSC, YALSA, ALA, and other ALA affiliates serving youth. But did you know that there are a range of additional awards that you can check out and use for collection development and readers’ advisory?
This month, take some time to explore the multitude of excellent and diverse media for youth recognized by awards you may not have heard about before. Many of these awards recognize titles that have storytime potential and/or would be great to share with the families you serve. Jamie Campbell Naidoo compiled a list of awards for culturally diverse children’s literature, shared below, as a resource in his white paper, “The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children.” The awards with an asterisk at the beginning will be a part of the YMA announcement:
- American Indian Youth Literature Award, sponsored by the American Indian Library Association, http://ailanet.org/activities/american-indian-youth-literature-award/
- Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Latino literature), sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, http://www4.uwm.edu/clacs/aa/index.cfm; http://claspprograms.org/pages/detail/37/Amricas-Book-Award
- Arab American Book Award, sponsored by the Arab American National Museum, http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/bookaward
- Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, http://www.apalaweb.org/awards/literature-awards/
- Carter G. Woodson Book Award (literature depicting ethnicity in the U.S.), sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson
- *Coretta Scott King Book Awards (African American literature), sponsored by the American Library Association’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/cskbookawards/index.cfm
- Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award (literature depicting children with disabilities), sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, http://daddcec.org/Awards/DollyGrayAwards.aspx
- Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards (literature promoting peace, social justice, world community, and equality of the sexes), sponsored by the Jane Addams Peace Association and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/
- Middle East Book Awards, sponsored by the Middle East Outreach Council, http://www.meoc.us/meoc/book-awards
- Notable Books for a Global Society (global children’s literature), sponsored by the International Reading Association, http://clrsig.org/nbgs.php
- Outstanding International Books List, sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People, http://www.usbby.org/list_oibl.html
- *Pura Belpré Award (Latino literature), sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children and REFORMA, http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal
- Rainbow List (LGBTQ children’s and young adult literature), sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/
- *Schneider Family Book Award (literature about children with disabilities), sponsored by Katherine Schneider and the American Library Association, http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/schneider-family-book-award
- South Asia Book Award, sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, http://www.sanoc.org/saba.html
- *Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award (LGBTQ literature), sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/award
- Sydney Taylor Book Award (Jewish literature), sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Awards/SydneyTaylorBookAward.aspx
- Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, sponsored by Texas State University’s College of Education, http://www.education.txstate.edu/c-p/Tomas-Rivera-Book-Award-Project-Link.html
So hey, why don’t you check out these awards and the titles they recognize? It’s a great way to expand your knowledge of the range of excellent titles out there while also ensuring that you’re representing the diversity of literature, nonfiction, and other media available for youth.
Do you have a favorite non-YMA award? Favorite diverse titles you’ve loved this year?