Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Listening Library’s 2019 ALA Award Winners

We have some amazing award-winning titles for you to pass on to the little audiobook listeners in your life! 2019’s honorees are truly standouts. We hope these stories will find new homes in the hearts of your youngest audio fans.

    John Newbery Medal Honor

    The Newbery Honors are for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.

“This rich, compelling story, which speaks to the turbulence surrounding India’s independence and to the plight of refugees, should be in all libraries.”—School Library Journal, starred review

    William C. Morris Award

    The William C. Morris Award is given to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

“First-time author Khorram’s coming-of-age novel brings to life the sight, sounds, smells, and tastes of [Iran] . . . as it shows how a boy who feels like an outcast at home finds himself and true friendship overseas.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Other Listening Library finalists include: What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper and Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

    YALSA Non-Fiction Honors

    YALSA Honors are given for excellence in nonfiction for young adults.

“A necessary, conscientious look at a factious time in American and world history.” —Booklist, starred review

“The account of this exceptional trajectory, told with a storyteller’s talent, is filled with a candor and honesty that make her story eminently accessible to young readers. ” —Kirkus Review, starred review

    Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

    The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. This year, Front Desk by Kelly Yang won in the children’s literature category and Darius the Great is Not Okay won in the the young adult category.
Author: Kelly Yang
Read By: Sunny Lu

“Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

    The Sydney Taylor Award

    The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

“The narrative is spare but powerful as it depicts the daily horrors of the camps and the struggle to survive, hold on to humanity and, once freed, understand how to live again.”—School Library Journal, starred review

    The Coretta Scott King Author Honor

    The Coretta Scott King Author Honors recognize African-American authors of outstanding books for children and young adults.

“Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon crafts a novel that is genuinely funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting–extraordinary, in fact.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Children’s Literacy Legacy Awards

    The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. 2019’s honoree is Walter Dean Myers.

“The production is recorded as a full-cast dramatization, and it’s difficult to imagine how it might have been accomplished more effectively. A superb recording of an intriguing work.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

    Margaret A. Edwards Award

    The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. 2019’s honoree is M.T. Anderson.

“This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate- and media-dominated culture.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

    Alex Awards

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

“Topical… Essie’s father may be a famous evangelical preacher, but her ruthless mother, Celia, runs the family empire from behind the scenes. When her family discovers Essie is pregnant, it’s decided that she should marry, but whom?… Weir’s narrative features some finely nuanced characters… An incisive novel.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Tara Westover
Read By: Julia Whelan

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This book is not a conventional story about war and its aftermath; it’s a powerful coming-of-age story in which a girl explores her identity in the wake of a brutal war that destroyed her family and home. Wamariya is an exceptional narrator and her story is unforgettable.”
Publishers Weekly , starred review

“[A] subtly humorous, surprisingly touching coming-of-age narrative . . . a memorable and moving portrayal of a complicated but deep friendship that just might survive the weight placed on it.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author: Naomi Novik
Read By: Lisa Flanagan

“Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review