Youth Media Awards 2021

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The American Library Association just announced their 2021 award winners for kids and teens. 


Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text express a child's awareness of being filled with deep emotions, from joy to sorrow and anger to compassion, but above all, love.
Call Number: E Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Mildred D. Taylor
Description: "Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change. Rich, compelling storytelling is Ms. Taylor's hallmark, and she fulfills expectations as she brings to a close the stirring family story that has absorbed her for over forty years." --Goodreads.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Tay
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Christina Soontornvat
Description: On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, Christina Soontornvat shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission.-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: YA 796.525 Soo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Jacqueline Woodson, Guy Lockard
Description: For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that, but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name.
Call Number: J FIC Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Carole Boston Weatherford, Michele Wood
Description: Henry Brown wrote that long before he came to be know as "Box," he "entered the world a slave." He was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next -- as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left, bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope -- and help -- came in the from of the Underground Railroad. Escape! Celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown's story of how he came to ship himself in a box from slavery to freedom.
Call Number: JB Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Suzanne Slade, Cozbi A. Cabrera
Call Number: E Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Description: Depending on an older sister who protected her when their mother went to prison and their mother's boyfriend committed a terrible act, 10-year-old Della tries to figure out what to do when her older sister attempts suicide
Call Number: J FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Kacen Callender
Description: "In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Tracy Deonn
Description: "After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called 'Legendborn' students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a 'Merlin' and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Deo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Evette Dionne
Description: "For African American women, the fight for the right to vote was only one battle. An eye-opening book that tells the important, overlooked story of black women as a force in the suffrage movement--when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA 323.34 Dio
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita
Description: Joyful young narrators celebrate feeling at home in one's own skin.
Call Number: E Doy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Cozbi A. Cabrera
Description: For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.
Call Number: E Cab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.
Call Number: E Und
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Carole Boston Weatherford, Frank Morrison
Description: "Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul." This Queen was a multi-Grammy winner and the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And there was even more to Aretha than being a singer, songwriter, and pianist: she was an activist, too. Her song "Respect" was an anthem for people fighting for civil rights and women's rights. With words that sing and art that shines, this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Irene Latham, Karim Shamsi-Basha, Yuko Shimizu
Description: "In the midst of the Syrian Civil War, Alaa takes care of Aleppo's abandoned cats"-- Provided by publisher. Includes notes from the authors.
Call Number: E Lat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
Description: Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.
Call Number: E Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Erin Entrada Kelly, Ramon de Ocampo
Description: Cash, Fitch, and Bird Nelson Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together. In 1986, as the nation waits expectantly for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. As the fated day arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.
Call Number: J FIC Kel
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
Tae Keller
Description: When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
Call Number: J FIC Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2021
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A Place Inside Of Me : A Poem To Heal The Heart
Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon
E Ell
Lifting As We Climb : Black Women's Battle For The Ballot Box
Evette Dionne
YA 323.34 Dio
All The Days Past, All The Days To Come
Mildred D. Taylor
YA FIC Tay
Magnificent Homespun Brown : A Celebration
Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita
E Doy
All Thirteen : The Incredible Cave Rescue Of The Thai Boys' Soccer Team
Christina Soontornvat
YA 796.525 Soo
Me And Mama
Cozbi A. Cabrera
E Cab
Before The Ever After [Audiobook]
Jacqueline Woodson, Guy Lockard
J FIC Woo
Outside In
Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby
E Und
Box : Henry Brown Mails Himself To Freedom
Carole Boston Weatherford, Michele Wood
JB Bro
Respect : Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul
Carole Boston Weatherford, Frank Morrison
E Wea
Exquisite : The Poetry And Life Of Gwendolyn Brooks
Suzanne Slade, Cozbi A. Cabrera
E Sla
The Cat Man Of Aleppo
Irene Latham, Karim Shamsi-Basha, Yuko Shimizu
E Lat
Fighting Words
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
J FIC Bra
We Are Water Protectors
Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
E Lin
King And The Dragonflies
Kacen Callender
J FIC Cal
We Dream Of Space [Audiobook]
Erin Entrada Kelly, Ramon de Ocampo
J FIC Kel
Legendborn
Tracy Deonn
YA FIC Deo
When You Trap A Tiger
Tae Keller
J FIC Kel