Your Ultimate Audiobook Guide to 2021 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!

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.

Fighting Words
★ Newbery Honor Book
★ 2021 RISE: A Feminist Book Project List
★ ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
★ YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks List for Young Adults
AudioFile Earphones Award
When Stars Are Scattered
★ Schneider Family Book Award Winner
★ ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
★ YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks List for Young Adults
★ 2021 Notable Books for a Global Society List
AudioFile Earphones Award
ALSC NOTABLE CHILDREN’S RECORDINGS

The ALSC 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.”

Join us in celebrating the 11 outstanding Listening Library picks on our blog!

YALSA AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS


Check your collections for the 2021 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list! We are thrilled to celebrate our 31 winning BOT titles, including 28 Listening Library recordings and 2 adult audiobooks. Click here to view our YALSA winners.

JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL
The John Newbery Medal awards the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. We are delighted to have both the Newbury Medal winner and honor on audio.

WINNER

When You Trap a Tiger
Author: Tae Keller
Read by: Greta Jung
★Asian/Pacific American Award Winner for Children’s Literature

HONOR

Fighting Words
★ Newbery Honor Book
★ 2021 RISE: A Feminist Book Project List
★ YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks List for Young Adults
★ ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
AudioFile Earphones Award
RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given to the most distinguished American picture book for children. We are honored to share our Caldecott Honor with you!

HONOR

The Cat Man of Aleppo
Author: Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latham
Read by: Ramsey Faragallah
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
★ 2021 Notable Books for a Global Society List
MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. Encourage patrons to experience this year’s winner and honor titles on audio.

WINNER

HONOR

Every Body Looking
Author: Candice Iloh
Read by: Candice Iloh
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
★ 2021 RISE: A Feminist Book Project List (Top Ten Title)
RUSA LISTEN LIST
We’re thrilled to celebrate our 2021 RUSA Listen List Winners! As the committee explains on their page: “The final deliberation produced a list of 12 winners. This award highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them.” Click here to learn more about our 5 outstanding winners.

The Girl with the Louding Voice
Author: Abi Daré
Read by: Adjoa Andoh
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio

★ Booklist Editors Choice Adult Audio, 2020

Tiny Imperfections
Author: Alli Frank and Asha Youmans
Read by: Bahni Turpin
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett
Read by: Shayna Small
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio

★ Booklist Editors Choice Adult Audio, 2020

Wow, No Thank You.
Author: Samantha Irby
Read by: Samantha Irby
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION AND NONFICTION

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.  Encourage patrons to experience this year’s fiction winner on audio!

Deacon King Kong
Author: James McBride
Read by: Dominic Hoffman
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio

★ Booklist Editors Choice Adult Audio, 2020

SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD HONOR

In addition to our Odyssey Honor, WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED being named the Schneider Family Book Award Honor for Middle Grade, we are thrilled to recognize another honor on audio that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience.

CORETTA SCOTT KING WINNER
Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Before the Ever After
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Read by: Guy Lockard
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
★ YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks List for Young Adults
★ Booklist Editors Choice Youth Audio, 2020
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Read by: Allyson Johnson
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
★ Children’s Literature Legacy Award
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD HONOR

The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

HONOR

YALSA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh
Author: Candace Fleming
Read by: Kirsten Potter
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
★ YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks List for Young Adults
ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR LITERATURE

The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

WINNER

When You Trap a Tiger
Author: Tae Keller
Read by: Greta Jung
★Newbery Medal Winner

HONOR

Prairie Lotus
Author: Linda Sue Park
Read by: Emily Woo Zeller
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
ALEX AWARDS

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Don’t miss this enthralling listen on audio!

We Ride Upon Sticks
Author: Quan Barry
Read by: Isabel Keating
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD
The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. Congratulations to Mildred D. Taylor for this win! Click here to view a collection of titles by Mildred D. Taylor.

Looking for more awards news? Click here to view the results of the RUSA Book and Media Award Winners.

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