The American Library Association presented the 2022 Youth Media Awards at its virtual LibLearnX conference.
The Newbery Medal went to The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (Levine Querido) which also won the Pura Belpre children’s author award.
The Caldecott Medal went to Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang (Neal Porter), which also won a Newbery Honor and the Asian Pacific American Award for picture books.
The Printz Award went to Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Holt), which also won the William C. Morris YA debut award.
In career achievement awards, A.S. King was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for “for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” The Children’s Literature Legacy Award went to Grace Lin. Nikki Grimes won the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement and Jane Yolen won the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award.
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent went to Regis and Kahran Bethencourt for The Me I Choose to Be (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and Amber McBride for Me (Moth) (Feiwel & Friends). Unspeakable (Carolrhoda) won both the CSK author and illustrator awards, for Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper respectively.
The Pura Belpre illustration award went to ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, written and illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez (Versify), and the young adult author award went to How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
The American Indian Youth Literature Awards, which are announced every two years, went to Herizon, written by Daniel W. Vandever, illustrated by Corey Begay (South of Sunrise) for picture books, Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young (Heartdrum) for middle grade; and Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido) for YA.
The Schneider Family Book Awards “for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience” were awarded to My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron (Kids Can); A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers (Dutton Books for Young Readers); and Words in My Hands by Asphyxia (Annick Press).
Other notable books include:
Red, White, and Whole, by Rajani Larocca (Quill Tree)
A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Too Bright to See, by Kyle Lukoff (Dial)
Watercress, by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter)
Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, illustrated and written by Shawn Harris (Chronicle)
Mel Fell, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor (Balzer + Bray)
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Carolrhoda)
Wonder Walkers, illustrated and written by Micha Archer (Nancy Paulsen)
Concrete Rose, by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray)
Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People, by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick)
Starfish, by Lisa Fipps (Nancy Paulsen)