American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Award Winners on Audio

Hand-selected by committees of dedicated librarians and educators, these American Library Association (ALA) award winners represent some of the best children’s and young adult books of the last year, and make for terrific family listening picks. We are excited to share our winners and honorees with you! Learn about them all below.

The Odyssey Awards

The Odyssey Awards celebrate the best audiobooks produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Odyssey Honor

The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

“This is a fantastic tale of a young boy named Malcom and his daemon, who live a simple life until the day Malcolm discovers a secret message. Blending a haunting and literary story with the deep, rhythmic voice of Michael Sheen, this audiobook is a mesmerizing and vivid tale.”
—Odyssey Committee

“Sheen’s masterful narration adds immeasurably to the experience.”—Booklist, starred audio review

“Michael Sheen does a spectacular job narrating this audiobook.”—School Library Journal, starred audio review

VIDEO: Watch actor Michael Sheen narrate in the audiobook studio!

Odyssey Honor

A Boy Called Christmas
Author: Matt Haig
Read By: Stephen Fry

A Boy Called Christmas is a whimsical and charming origin story of Father Christmas. Stephen Fry’s narration of the story adds a delightful dimension to this adventurous tale. Fry’s reading is pitch perfect, deadpan in the quirkiest of times, and beautifully paced.”—Odyssey Committee

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS TREAT: Don’t miss Matt Haig’s follow-up, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, read on audio by Academy Award nominee, Carey Mulligan.

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

The 2018 Amazing Audiobooks list, comprised of 28 fiction titles and 2 nonfiction titles, has something for everyone—from memoirs about growing up in the Civil Rights era to swashbuckling fantasy. Check out Listening Library’s fifteen fabulous listens here.

ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings

The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.
View Listening Library’s ten listens on the list here.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African-American creator of children’s books.

New Talent Award Winner
Also an ALSC Notable Children’s Recording

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

“Nile Bullock provides excellent narration and the author contributes his insights at the novel’s conclusion. Recommended purchase for all middle schools and most upper elementary collections.”
School Library Journal, starred audio review

Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Winner

We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Read By: Jorjeana Marie

“LaCour’s novel is an exercise in introspection…Marie’s nuanced narration relates the troubled teen’s experiences…[her] heartfelt reading enlivens the story and wrings meaning out of each word…This audio will appeal to listeners who treasure the quietude of a singular story.”—Booklist, audio review

Alex Award

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

The Clockwork Dynasty

“As the story alternates between the past and the present, Giuntoli and Coffee alternate narration, providing immediate orientation to the separate threads of the story… Full of high action and thought-provoking philosophy, this powerfully narrated and beautifully written tale is science fiction at its best.”—Booklist, audio review

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Winner

The Murderer's Ape

“Kimberly Farr convincingly renders every accent and personality of the many diverse characters in this unusual novel…Especially noteworthy are Farr’s voice and accents for a factory worker who introduces Sally Jones to an Italian luthier. Listeners will be riveted as Sally Jones endures imprisonment and betrayal when she travels to India to find the real murderer.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

William C. Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

Morris Award Finalist
Also a YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults

Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Read By: Dion Graham

“Graham’s stellar narration makes this raw look at racial inequality in America even more gripping. He creates a cast of fully recognized voices for the culturally and ethnically diverse characters, convincingly revealing each personality…[a] powerful and discussion-worthy listen.”—Booklist, starred audio review

Morris Award Finalist

Saints and Misfits
Author: S. K. Ali
Read By: Ariana Delawari

“Delawari captures all of these issues with a perfect teen pitch and pacing that underscores Janna’s changing emotions. Delawari’s facility with Muslim terminology makes the Arabic words fit seamlessly into the story. An excellent glimpse into a culture that may be unfamiliar to listeners.”
AudioFile

Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Winner

Lucky Broken Girl
Author: Ruth Behar
Read By: Ruth Behar

“Behar creates a character who is a joy to learn about and to champion as her narrow worldview brings relationships and a sense of place to the forefront. Behar’s narration of her own work lends the story an authentic feel.”—AudioFile
“Behar reads this novel expressively, giving personality to the story’s many characters.”
School Library Journal

THIS IS THE AUTHOR PODCAST EPISODE: Listen to author Ruth Behar talk about narrating her novel.

Honor

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

“Pablo Cartaya brings humor, poignancy, and a fresh voice to his reading of his audiobook…Through lively prose and a lyrical narration, Cartaya weaves a story of courage, food, family, and community…[his] warm tone and energetic pacing serve to keep the story moving while providing the backstory.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner for Illustration

La Princesa and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. Listeners will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant culture of Peru.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the Wilder Award which honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

“From picture books through novels for young teens to her exquisite memoir in poetry, Jacqueline Woodson has established herself as an eloquent voice in contemporary children’s literature,” said Wilder Award Committee Chair Rita Auerbach.
View all of Woodson’s titles on audio.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Congratulations to Angela Johnson, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award which honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

“With lyrical and understated prose, exquisitely crafted characters, and universally relevant themes, Angela Johnson creates stories that show teen readers that every dark cloud has a silver lining,” said Edwards Committee ChairJonathan Hunt.
View Johnson’s titles on audio