JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.
katedJunior Library Guild (JLG) has called it. The editors of JLG, the collection development and book review service (a sister company of School Library Journal), have a sharp eye for quality children’s and young adult literature, given the results of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards (YMA)  announced January 27 at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. Many of the top awards were JLG picks, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners, all four Newbery Medal Honor books, the Robert F. Sibert Award winner, all four Sibert honor books, and the Michael L. Printz Award winner. Among the 35 JLG selections honored by the YMAs were Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure (publisher), the story of cynical Flora and her poetry writing, superhero squirrel, Ulysses, Caldecott winner Brian Floca’s Locomotive (Atheneum), an immaculately illustrated and informative depiction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Sibert Award winner Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth’s Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Lee & midwinterLow), a lushly illustrated history of Puerto Rico and its parrots, and the Printz Award winner Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinter Blood (Roaring Brook), an intensely ambitious novel that spans centuries. JLG also selected two Theodor Seuss Geisel honor books, two Caldecott  honor books, the Coretta Scott King Award winner and honor books, and two Stonewall honors. See a full list of the JLG titles. JLG reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, and 95 percent of their choices go on to receive honors, awards, and/or favorable reviews. Describing the process, JLG editorial director Susan Marston says, “Each of our selections is a discrete decision and deeply considered choice, so I feel personally connected to them all. I’m absolutely thrilled to see books we fell in love with in their pre-published infancy go on to great success, incredibly grateful to their creators for allowing JLG to offer their books, and especially pleased that our member libraries have so many of the winning titles on their shelves to immediately share with their students and patrons.”

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