Librarians Love Graphic Novels at the 2017 Youth Media Awards

ALA Mid-Winter is home to over 2,400 meetings and exhibits, including their prestigious ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA). YMA is held annually during ALA Mid-Winter to honor books, videos, and other outstanding materials for young readers. Awards presented at this ceremony include but are not limited to the Newberry Medal, the Caldecott, the PrintzAward, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. The award winners are selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature/media experts.

This year, the YMA were presented on January 23rd and highlighted several graphic novels in their ceremony. March, Book Three was among the winners selected during the ceremony for not one, but four of the awards presented: the Printz Award, the Seibert Medal, the Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Praise for the graphic novel has been non-stop since winning the National Book Award, and with good reason. Detailing the experiences of Congressman John Lewis during the Civils Rights Movement, the March Trilogy gives a thought-provoking insight into America's past as well as provides a focused lens for critique on present-day American culture.

Among March, Book Three, several other graphic novels were recognized and awarded during the ceremony including:

  • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third | Pura Belpré Illustrator Award)
  • We Are Growing, by Laurie Keller | Geisel Award for the best beginning reader book
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevensen | Odyssey Award for the best audiobook for children and young adults
  • Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North | Alex Award winner 
  • Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol | Caldecott Honor

For a full list of all winners in every category, click here.

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