2022 Award Winners

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The Alex Awards are given to the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. The 2022 Alex Award winners are:
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
The Library of the Dead by T.L Huchu
How Lucky by Will Leitch
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser
Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe
Malice by Heather Walter
Bookcovers of Alex Award winners

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards were established to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives. This year’s Young Adult winner is Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth [Onondaga]
The 2022 Young Adult Honor Books are:
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger [Lipan Apache Tribe]
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley [Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians]
Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline [Métis Nation of Ontario]
Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present by Adrienne Keene [Cherokee Nation]

Bookcovers for American Indian Awards winner and honorees

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. The 2022 Youth Literature winner is Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
The committee selected one Youth Literature honor title, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee.

Bookcover of winner and honoree

The Coretta Scott King Author Book Award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults and Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon was selected as an Honor Book this year.

Revolution in Our Time bookcover

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award is awarded to a debut author. The 2022 award was given to Me (Moth) by Amber McBride.

Me (Moth) bookcover

The Margaret A. Edwards Award is given for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and the 2022 winner is A.S. King, whose books include: Switch, Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, and Reality Boy

Bookcovers of 4 A.S. King books

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was awarded to Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Printz Honor Books for this year include:
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

Bookcovers of winner and honorees

The Odyssey Award is given for the best audiobooks produced for children and young adults, available in English in the United States. The 2022 winner for young adults is When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris and narrated by Preston Butler III

When You Look Like Us bookcover

The Pura Belpré Awards honor Latinx writers and illustrators whose children’s and young adult
books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latinx cultural experience. The 2022 Young Adult Author award winner is How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland.
Three Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Books were also named:
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
Where I Belong by Marcia Argueta Mickelson

Bookcovers of winner and honorees

The Schneider Family Book Award is awarded to books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. Words in My Hands written and illustrated by Asphyxia is the winner in the Teen category. One honor book for teens was also selected, A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley
Bookcover of winner and honoree

The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult
Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of
exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The 2022 winner for young adults is Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
This year’s Honor Books also include The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
Bookcovers of winner and honoree

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and
teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish
Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic
literature. This year’s Young Adult Gold Medalist is The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
Silver Medalists include:
The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier
The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds

Bookcovers of award winner and honorees

The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens was awarded to Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Four other books were finalists for the award:
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Bookcovers of award winner and honorees

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults‘s 2022 Excellence winner is Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield by Gail Jarrow
Other finalists for the award include:
Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield
Bookcovers of award winner and finalists

ck 02/24/2022.