American Library Association’s 2015 youth book awards

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Ever wondered what life is like for an imaginary friend?

In the mood for a good book? Then check out the American Library Association’s award winners for the best in youth literature, because librarians definitely know quality!

The John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, about two African-American twin brothers with a shared love for basketball, who find themselves drifting apart as they head into their junior high school years.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat, about an imaginary friend who goes on a quest to find his perfect real child friend.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award, named after the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., went to Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, about the author’s childhood experiences growing up in South Carolina and New York as an African-American.

The Alex Awards, for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, went to titles like Bingo’s Run, Confessions, Wolf in White Van, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Martian. 

Featured image courtesy of ALA Facebook. Image of “The Crossover” courtesy of Little Brown Books for Young Readers.