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YA readers!

Roll out the red carpet! On January 30th, the 2023 Youth Media Award winners were announced! This collection of awards celebrates a variety of youth literature and its impact on readers everywhere. It’s basically the Grammys of young adult lit without the fashion critique. 


Ready for this year’s results?! (Fun librarian fact: I was excited to see that I had already read/listened to several of the award winners. And I was even more excited to see that all of the selected winners are in our YA collection and ready for readers to check out! 


2023 Youth Media Award Winners
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Asian/Pacific American Award for portrayal of the Asian experience

The Himawari House by Harmony Becker


Coretta Scott King Award for new authors/illustrators

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds


Edwards Award for an author who leaves a lasting legacy

Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down


Morris Award for a first-time author

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum


Nonfiction Award for excellent nonfiction 

Victory, Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile


Odyssey Award for best audiobook

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala


Printz Award for literary excellence 

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir


Pura Belpré Award for portrayal of the Latine experience

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado


Schneider Family Award for portrayal of the disability experience

The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart


Stonewall Award for portrayal of the LGBTQIA+ experience

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb


Sydney Taylor Award for portrayal of the Jewish experience

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb


I hope that you find something on this list that brings you joy, introduces you to something new, or sparks your imagination. Until next time, keep reading!