ALA Youth Media Awards Honor Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Nina LaCour and More

Find out which Young Adult authors reigned at one of publishing’s biggest events!

This morning, the Oscars of Children’s Publishing were announced!

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards on considered the true mark of excellence of kids and young adult literature, and this year, some fantastic titles and authors were awarded at the ceremony.

Here are some of the YA authors who were recognized at the event!

For the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults…

Winner: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Honors: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

For the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American authors of outstanding books for young adults…

Honors: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


For the Odyssey Award for best audiobook…

Winner: The Hate U Give produced by HarperAudio, written by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin.

Honors: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage written Phillip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen, Long Way Down written and narrated by Jason Reynolds

For the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens…

Winner: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Honors: Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Devils Within by S.F. Henson, Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali, and Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

For the Stonewall Book Award for excellence in books representing the LGBTQ experience…

Winners: Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert, The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Honors: As The Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

For the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience…

Winner: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

See the full list of winners here

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary