Book News: ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2021

The American Library Association has announced its annual awards for the best in youth literature. This year’s Printz Award (historically YA’s premiere literary award) was given to Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, a book with blurry age recommendations (varying from grade 4 to grade 12!) but which has been a darling of critics everywhere.

For easy browsing, we’ve listed the Printz winners below and recapped several other notable YA winners. Click on any title to find a copy in Minerva. For a complete listing of ALA’s extensive award categories, visit the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards site.

Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in Young Adult literature)
Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
Honor Books:
Apple: Skin to the Core: A Memoir in Words and Pictures by Eric Gansworth
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Young Adult Winner:
This Light Between Us: A Novel of WWII by Andrew Fukuda

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award (recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults)
Legendborn by Tracy Deonne

Pura Belpre Award (honoring a Latinx author whose books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience)
Young Adult Winner:
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Schneider Family Book Award (for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience)
Young Adult Winner:
This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

Stonewall Book Award (for books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience)
Honor Books:
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

Sydney Taylor Book Award (for authentic portrayal of the Jewish experience)
Young Adult Winner:
Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir by Tyler Federicos

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William C. Morris Debut Award (for an impressive first-time author writing for teens)
If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming

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