ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2024: The Alex Awards

In News by Porter Anderson

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, which include the Newbery and Caldecott honors, have been announced this week.

The 10 winners of the Alex Awards comprise one of almost 20 prize programs and three associate programs in the annual Youth Media Awards

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Almost 20 Awards Programs
We continue to work our way through news of various book and publishing awards programs  for our international audience, today (January 23) with a look at the recently awarded Youth Media Awards from the American Library Association.

As you may know, these awards programs—almost 20 of them—include such well-known honors as the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Selected by committees of librarians and other literature and media specialists, the awards “encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.”

The news of the awards was announced on Monday (January 22).

Because of the breadth and huge number of honors brought together by this influential event—and because there are so many awards programs that need coverage at some level in the international sphere—we’ll highlight one of them, and recommend you look up and research in more depth those that may interest you, since few news media are equipped to report such a major tranche of winners’ announcements.

The primary awards programs involved include:

Additionally, there are three associate awards:

The Alex Awards

In looking at one of these awards programs perhaps of interest to our international readership, the first group, the Alex Awards, are named for Margaret A. Edwards, known as Alex, who worked for many years as a librarian specialized in young adult content in Baltimore.

The Margaret A. Edwards Trust makes possible a group of 10 awardees each year. These awards were first conferred in 1998. They became part of the American Library Association complex and now are distinctive because they highlight books written for adults but with special appeal to younger readers aged 12 to 18.

Here are the 2024 winners, chosen by members of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

  • Bad Cree by Jessica Johns (nehiyaw/Sucker Creek First Nation), published by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Chain-Gang All-Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, published by Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Chlorine, by Jade Song, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros, published by Red Tower Books, an imprint of Entangled Publishing
  • The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage and Triumph, by Oksana Masters, published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
  • I Will Greet the Sun Again, by Khashayar J. Khabushani, published by Hogarth Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Maame, by Jessica George, published by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group
  • Starter Villain, by John Scalzi, published by Tor Books, an imprint of Tor Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group
  • The Talk, by Darrin Bell, published by Henry Holt & Co., a division of Macmillan Publishing Group
  • Whalefall, by Daniel Kraus, published by MTV Books and Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Learn more about the Youth Media Awards here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.