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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

American Library Association 2019 Youth Media Winners

The American Library Association Youth Media Awards  have announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.

For teens, there are a few awards of interest.

Cover of The Poet X

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

The Poet X, written by Elizabeth Acevedo, is the 2019 Printz Award winner. The book is published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Cover of the book "Darius the Great is Not Okay"

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

Darius the Great Is Not Okay, written by Adib Khorram, is the 2019 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.

Cover of Anger is a Gift

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor and published by HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner for middle grades (ages 11-13).

Anger Is a Gift, written by Mark Oshiro and published by A Tor Teen Book, Tom Doherty Associates, is the winner for teens (ages 13-18).

Photo of Author M.T. Anderson

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

The 2019 winner is M.T. Anderson. His books include: Feed; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party; and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves,  all published by Candlewick Press.

A complete list of the winners including the honor books for each category can be found here.