Every year, the RAR team gathers to watch the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. Once, we went in person (!) but the past two years, we’ve watched together from home and texted each other like mad the whole time.

The awards have a way of bringing out BIG feelings.

These are basically the Oscars for children’s books, and as you’ll hear, we have a few Opinions (with a capital O), here at RAR. Ahem. 😇

Today we’re sharing:

  • Some stand-out winners from the 2021 ALA Awards
  • Which books we put on hold at the library as the awards were happening
  • Just a couple of books we think should have been honored. Ahem. 😉

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TIME STAMPS:

3:19The ‘Oscars’ of books (it’s a thing!)
5:16‘Itzhak, A Boy Who Loved the Violin’
8:09A new Jane Yolen book
10:10‘Exquisite’
12:03‘The Cat Man of Aleppo’
13:40Nonet poetry
16:06‘When Stars Are Scattered’
18:18‘How We Got to the Moon’
22:24‘One Little Bag’ and ‘Your Place in the World’
27:08‘The Oldest Student’
28:08‘A Long Road on a Short Day’
30:55Let the Kids Speak

QUOTES TO REMEMBER:

“Like all the best picture book biographies, this one has great endnotes. Instead of ending as the book closes, this story is really just beginning.

Kortney Garrison on Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

“(The Cat Man of Aleppo) helps us walk a mile in another’s shoes. It so powerfully displays the difference that one person, one heart, can make in the world.

Kara Anderson

“The storytelling alone that happens in just the illustrations makes this book stand head and shoulders above so many others. I really think it deserved a little ALA attention.”

Sarah Mackenzie

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:


BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Owl Moon
Ox-Cart Man
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born
One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey
Miriam at the River
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin
Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
The Cat Man of Aleppo
Nine: A Book of Nonet Poems
When Stars Are Scattered
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure
Your Place in the Universe
A Long Road on a Short Day
Anne Arrives: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (An Anne Chapter Book)

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