Congratulations to Our Faculty 2020 ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Jan 28, 2020 | Community Good News

This year, some of the Highlights Foundation Team were able to be there in person when the ALA Youth Media Awards announcements were made. We had a wonderful time and were especially thrilled to celebrate those award winners from our faculty. In no particular order, here they are:

Margaret A. Edwards Award
Steve Sheinkin
Steve is about to visit our campus for the first time! He is co-leader of Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Narrative Nonfiction.

Steve Sheinkin

Randolph Caldecott Medal Honor Book
Andrea Loney, author: Double Bass Blues, Knopf Books for Young Readers
We’re looking forward to Andrea’s return to this year’s Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits, May 26-30. (Congratulations to illustrator Rudy Gutierrez!)

Andrea Loney

Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book
Pablo Cartaya: Each Tiny Spark, Kokila Penguin Young Readers Group
Pablo’s first turn as faculty is in 2020; he is one of our virtual guests for our online course From Sale to Shelf: The Debut Author’s First Year.

Pablo Cartaya

Pura Belpré Award Honor Book
Angela Cervantes: Lety Out Loud, Scholastic Press
Angela will join us for LatinX Writers: A Working Symposium.

Angela Cervantes

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Kwame Mbalia: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Disney-Hyperion
Kwame is one of the virtual guests for our online course From Sale to Shelf: The Debut Author’s First Year and he will be with us for Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens.

Kwame Mbalia

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
James Ransome: The Bell Rang, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
James will be back for year 2 of our illustration course, Narrative Picture-Making.

James Ransome

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Book &
The Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
Nikki Grimes: Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir, WordSong
We’re honored to host double-honoree Nikki as a guest to our Black Women Writers Retreat.

Nikki Grimes

The Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award Honor Book
Lesléa Newman, author: Gittel’s Journey, Abrams Books for Young Readers
Lesléa was a co-leader of our inaugural Writing the Rainbow workshop in 2019, and this year she’s coming to the Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens.

Leslea Newman

YALSA Excellence Nonfiction Finalist
Deborah Heiligman: Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of ‘The Children’s Ship’, Henry Holt
We’re excited about Deborah’s next visit: she will join us for a special Nonfiction Writer’s Retreat.

Deborah Heiligman

Odyssey Honor Audiobook &
American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor &
American Indian Youth Literature Middle Grade Book Winner
Traci Sorell, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, Live Oak Media
Traci Sorell, author: At the Mountain’s Base, Kokila/Penguin Random House
Traci Sorell, author: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, Charlesbridge
Traci Sorell, co-author: Indian No More, Tu Books/Lee & Low
Tracy is one of the virtual guests for our online course From Sale to Shelf: The Debut Author’s First Year and she is on faculty for our brand new workshop, Creating Nonfiction Picture Books for Children in a Changing World.

Traci Sorell

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award &
American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor

Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrator: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
Juana will be with us for Summer Camp Intensive in Illustration.

Juana Martinez Neal

American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Book Honor
Debbie Reese, co-author: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, Beacon Press
Debbie was with us for last year’s Building Cultural Competency and will be a virtual visitor at this year’s Disrupting Youth Literature Symposium.

Debbie Reese

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Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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