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Youth Media Awards 2014

Adrienne here,

Every January the American Library Association honors the previous year’s books and media created for children and teens. There are nineteen awards given at this event with other selected lists released in the days after.

The ceremony will be held during ALA Midwinter, 8 a.m. ET, January 27, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. There will be a award archive of awards.

The award that has become a favorite of Emily and mine is the William C. Morris Award. This award honors authors whose first publication was written for young adults. Having served on this committee it is exhilarating to discover new and emerging talents. Each year the five finalist titles get better, more interesting and diverse in subject matter.

This year’s finalists are the following:

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Sex & Violence  by Carrie Mesrobian

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

You can view a video of the Morris Finalists here,

The winner will be announced during the Youth Media Awards. Immediately following the winner and finalists of both the Morris Award and the Nonfiction Award will speak at a reception. Tickets are $19 and well worth it.

Find out more about the award on the YALSA Morris Award website, You can sign up to volunteer to participate here,

Guys Read: Funny Business, or, Prison Ages You

Guys Read: Funny Business ed by Jon Scieszka

edited by Jon Scieszka, Guys Read – author website, boys literacy program website

Roll Call Question: What book have you read the most times in your life?

Cathie Sue: But Not the Hippotomas, Go Dog Go, Caddie Woodlawn, Gone with the Wind

Emily: Good Night Moon, Monster at the End of the Book, The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Hobbit, Weetzie Bat

Karl: Phantom Tollbooth, The Dark is Rising series

Adrienne: My Book About Me, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Christine

Topic: ALA Youth Media Awards 2011; ALSC, YALSA


Nova Science Now hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Cathie Sue
TV Shut off for a week

Lost by Jacqueline Davies
Silk by Caitlain Kiernan

Modern Family
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Bradley Cooper

Last Words:
Maureen Johnson at Metropolitan Library System Libraries, April 5 – 7, 2011 (Facebook)
Gene Luen Yang at Tulsa City County Library System Libraries

Upcoming Books:

6 picture books selected by Cathie Sue and Jenny

  • Banana! by Ed Vere
  • Stalling by Alan Katz
  • Two Dumb Ducks by Maxwell Eaton
  • Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
  • Big Rig Bugs by Kurt Cyrus
  • Phileas’ Fortune by Lestrade and Thirteen Words by Lemony Snicket

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Grim Legacy by Polly Shulman

You or, Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boys

You by Charles Benoit

You by Charles Benoit – Author’s website

Topic: Our Favorite Books This Year and Spoiling the Printz and Newbery Awards

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
Creepshow (film)  – based on a book by Stephen King

Adopt a Shelter Pet
Adopt a Greyhound and Hounds of the Heartland (Central Oklahoma)

Cathie Sue:
Geekologie – “Why You Little Slytherin” game
Romantic Times Book Review

Cooking Around the World
Flavors of Morocco by Ghillie Basan
Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy; NPR Story, October 4, 2010
I Know How to Cook by Ginette Mathiot
Global Table Adventures – blog

Upcoming Books:

Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Guys Read Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
6 children’s books – selected by Cathie Sue and Jenny