Linda Johns/ February 1, 2019/ Books

Washington authors had a big presence at the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle last month, with six of our state’s authors taking home prestigious awards in ALA’s Youth Media Awards. 

Corey Tabor: Winner of the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book for Fox the Tiger, which he wrote and illustrated. Dori Hillestad Butler took home a Geisel Honor for King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth (illustrated by Nancy Meyers) – and it was the second year in a row for Dori’s King & Kayla series to win a Geisel Honor!

Deb Caletti’s A Heart in a Body in the World was named a Printz Honor Book. The Michael L. Printz Awards are for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Joy McCullough’s Blood Water Paint was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. (It was also a finalist for the National Book Award this year.)

Rachel Lynn Solomon’s You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone was named a Sydney Taylor Teen Reader Honor Book. The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and tens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award is presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Alex Awards select the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences each year, and Jonathan Evison’s Lawn Boy made that prestigious list.

Here’s the press release from ALA about the 2019 Youth Media Awards.

And how awesome is it that Washington authors made such a strong showing when the announcement was made in our own state?

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