ALA Awards 2020
Awards & Recognition Your Ultimate Audiobook Guide to 2020 ALA Award Winners

Overwhelmed by awards news this year? Here’s the ultimate guide to make sure your audio offerings include the year’s top ALA Awards for kids and teens—that adults will love, too!
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*UPDATE* Watch the 2020 Odyssey Award Ceremony on ALA’s YouTube Page on June 28th, 2020 at 4:30 pm ET!

ODYSSEY HONOR WINNERS
The Odyssey Awards celebrate the best audiobooks produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. View our Odyssey post here.

Song for a Whale
Author: Lynne Kelly
Read By: Abigail Revasch and Lynne Kelly
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★ Schneider Family Book Award Winner
★ ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
AudioFile Earphones Award
We're Not from Here
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Read by: Dani Martineck
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★ ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
Booklist Editors’ Choice Youth Audio
ALSC NOTABLE CHILDREN’S RECORDINGS
The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways. View our ALSC post here.

Also includes our Odyssey Honors SONG FOR A WHALE and WE’RE NOT FROM HERE.

Charlotte's Web
★ Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year and Best Middle Grade Production
AudioFile Earphones Award
Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Read by: Amir Abdullah
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★ Coretta Scott King Honor
Booklist Editors’ Choice Youth Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
Roller Girl
★ Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade Production
★ YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults
★ Newbery Honor Award (2016)
Featuring music and sound effects!
The Bridge Home
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Read by: Padma Venkatraman
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School Library Journal Best Audio
Booklist Editors’ Choice Youth Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
When the Ground Is Hard
Author: Malla Nunn
Read by: Bahni Turpin
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★ Josette Frank Award Winner
YALSA AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Each year, YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. View our YALSA post here.

Also includes our ALSC pick ROLLER GIRL, shown above!

Dig
★ Printz Medal Winner
Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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★ GRAMMY Award Winner
★ RUSA Listen List
★ Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year, Memoir, and Author-Read
Library Journal Best Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
Daisy Jones & The Six
★ RUSA Listen List
★ Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance
Booklist Editors’ Choice Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
The Fountains of Silence
Also available en español
AudioFile Earphones Award
Frankly in Love
Author: David Yoon
Read by: Raymond J. Lee
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★ William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist
★ Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor
AudioFile Earphones Award
Lovely War
Booklist Editors’ Choice Audio
★ Audie Award Finalist for Young Adult Production
Notes from a Young Black Chef
Author: Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein
Read by: Kwame Onwuachi
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★ RUSA Listen List
Patron Saints of Nothing
Author: Randy Ribay
Read by: Ramón de Ocampo
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★ National Book Award Finalist
SHOUT
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Read by: Laurie Halse Anderson
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Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List Winner
The Things She's Seen
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Read by: Miranda Tapsell
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School Library Journal Best Audio
Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Read by: Emily Woo Zeller
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RUSA LISTEN LIST WINNERS
The final juried list of thirteen titles highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them. Learn more about our picks here.

Also includes BECOMING, DAISY JONES & THE SIX, and NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF, already shown above.

Red at the Bone
★ Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction
We Cast a Shadow
Author: Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Read by: Dion Graham
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SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

The winners also include our Odyssey Honor, SONG FOR A WHALE, shown above.

WINNER

Just Ask!
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
Read By: Ali Stroker and Sonia Sotomayor
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Also available en español

HONOR

Each Tiny Spark
Author: Pablo Cartaya
Read by: Pablo Cartaya
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Includes a bonus Q&A with the author and his daughter
CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Honors also include TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, shown above!

HONOR

PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

WINNER

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Author: Carlos Hernandez
Read by: Anthony Rey Perez
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Booklist Editors’ Choice Youth Audio
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD HONOR
The first and most enduring award for GLBT books recognize books of exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

HONOR

Pet
Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Read by: Christopher Myers
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YALSA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS HONOR
YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

HONOR

SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD
The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes the best in Jewish children’s literature. Medals are awarded annually for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Gold medalists also include WHITE BIRD, shown above.

WINNER

HONOR

Games of Deception
Author: Andrew Maraniss
Read by: Angelo Di Loreto
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CORETTA SCOTT KING – VIRGINIA HAMILTON AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. In even years, the award is presented to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

Congratulations to author MILDRED D. TAYLOR!

MARGARET A. EDWARDS AWARD
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

Congratulations to author STEVE SHEINKIN!

Born to Fly
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Read by: Kim Mai Guest
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Bomb
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Read by: Roy Samuelson
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★ 2013 Newbery Honor
★ YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
★ Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal
★ National Book Awards finalist
ALEX AWARDS
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Author: Colson Whitehead
Read By: JD Jackson and Colson Whitehead
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★ Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narrator

Click here to view our ALA Award Winners collection which also allows you to download an excel of the titles.

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