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2022 Youth Media Awards

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Jan 25, 2022

On Monday, January 24th, the American Library Association (ALA) presented the 2022 Youth Media Awards. 

The Youth Media Awards are presented annually to recognize distinguished and quality literature for children and teens. Some of the most prestigious awards in youth publishing are announced at this event including: the long-standing John Newbery Medal (celebrating its 100th anniversary), awarded to distinguished contributions to American literature for children; the Randolph Caldecott Medal, awarded to distinguished picture book illustrators; and the Michael L. Printz Award, honouring excellence in literature written for teens; among many others.  

2022 Newbery winners: 

WINNER: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera 


Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca 

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger 

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff 

Watercress written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin 

2022 Caldecott winners: 

WINNER: Watercress written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin 


Have You Ever Seen a Flower? written and illustrated by Shawn Harris 

Mel Fell written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor 

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper 

Wonder Walkers written and illustrated by Micha Archer 

2022 Michael L. Printz winners: 

WINNER: The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 


Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas 

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo 

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon 

Starfish by Lisa Fipps 

Many other awards and amazing books for kids and teens were highlighted as well. For a full list of winners and finalists, click here. See the list below for all titles in the Ottawa Public Library’s collection. 

Youth Media Awards 2022
by MichelleCDlibrary

January 24, 2022 the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books and audiobooks for children and young adults. The list below includes all the titles currently in the Ottawa Public Library's collection.