The American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Convention in Denver, Colorado and we are excited to share our TWO new 2018 Odyssey Award Honors with you, as well as twenty-five ALSC Notable and YALSA Amazing audiobooks! Plus, from the Printz to the Pura Belpré, we have a not-to-be-missed list of remarkable award winners in the audio format, perfect to recommend to kids and teens at your library. Listen to clips, read reviews, and find more fun content to share below.
“This is a fantastic tale of a young boy named Malcom and his daemon, who live a simple life until the day Malcolm discovers a secret message. Blending a haunting and literary story with the deep, rhythmic voice of Michael Sheen, this audiobook is a mesmerizing and vivid tale.”
“Sheen’s masterful narration adds immeasurably to the experience.”—Booklist, starred audio review
“Michael Sheen does a spectacular job narrating this audiobook.”—School Library Journal, starred audio review
“A Boy Called Christmas is a whimsical and charming origin story of Father Christmas. Stephen Fry’s narration of the story adds a delightful dimension to this adventurous tale. Fry’s reading is pitch perfect, deadpan in the quirkiest of times, and beautifully paced.”—Odyssey Committee
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS TREAT: Don’t miss Matt Haig’s follow-up, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, read on audio by Academy Award nominee, Carey Mulligan.
View Listening Library’s ten listens on the list here.
New Talent Award Winner
Also an ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
“Nile Bullock provides excellent narration and the author contributes his insights at the novel’s conclusion. Recommended purchase for all middle schools and most upper elementary collections.”
—School Library Journal, starred audio review
“LaCour’s novel is an exercise in introspection…Marie’s nuanced narration relates the troubled teen’s experiences…[her] heartfelt reading enlivens the story and wrings meaning out of each word…This audio will appeal to listeners who treasure the quietude of a singular story.”—Booklist, audio review
“As the story alternates between the past and the present, Giuntoli and Coffee alternate narration, providing immediate orientation to the separate threads of the story… Full of high action and thought-provoking philosophy, this powerfully narrated and beautifully written tale is science fiction at its best.”—Booklist, audio review
“Kimberly Farr convincingly renders every accent and personality of the many diverse characters in this unusual novel…Especially noteworthy are Farr’s voice and accents for a factory worker who introduces Sally Jones to an Italian luthier. Listeners will be riveted as Sally Jones endures imprisonment and betrayal when she travels to India to find the real murderer.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Morris Award Finalist
Also a YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults
“Graham’s stellar narration makes this raw look at racial inequality in America even more gripping. He creates a cast of fully recognized voices for the culturally and ethnically diverse characters, convincingly revealing each personality…[a] powerful and discussion-worthy listen.”—Booklist, starred audio review
Morris Award Finalist
“Delawari captures all of these issues with a perfect teen pitch and pacing that underscores Janna’s changing emotions. Delawari’s facility with Muslim terminology makes the Arabic words fit seamlessly into the story. An excellent glimpse into a culture that may be unfamiliar to listeners.”
“Behar creates a character who is a joy to learn about and to champion as her narrow worldview brings relationships and a sense of place to the forefront. Behar’s narration of her own work lends the story an authentic feel.”—AudioFile
“Behar reads this novel expressively, giving personality to the story’s many characters.”
—School Library Journal
“Pablo Cartaya brings humor, poignancy, and a fresh voice to his reading of his audiobook…Through lively prose and a lyrical narration, Cartaya weaves a story of courage, food, family, and community…[his] warm tone and energetic pacing serve to keep the story moving while providing the backstory.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Winner for Illustration
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. Listeners will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant culture of Peru.
“From picture books through novels for young teens to her exquisite memoir in poetry, Jacqueline Woodson has established herself as an eloquent voice in contemporary children’s literature,” said Wilder Award Committee Chair Rita Auerbach.
View all of Woodson’s titles on audio.
“With lyrical and understated prose, exquisitely crafted characters, and universally relevant themes, Angela Johnson creates stories that show teen readers that every dark cloud has a silver lining,” said Edwards Committee ChairJonathan Hunt.
View Johnson’s titles on audio
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings
2018 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults