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Summer Reading 2021 - Middle School: Award Winners & Notable Booklists

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2021 Award Winners and Honors

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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. Go to www.ala.org/csk to learn more about the award.

The books below are 2021 Author Honor books. Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. Here's the complete annotated list of the 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honorees.

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. The full list of 2021 honorees can be found here.

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Go to https://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newbery to learn more about the award. The award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. The full list of 2021 winners and honorees can be found here

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and sponsored by Booklist.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. The full list of 2021 winners and honorees can be found here.

The Pura Belpré Award 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. The award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. The 2021 full list of award winners and honorees can be found here.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The award is administered by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. See the full list of 2021 winners and honorees plus previous years' winners here.

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Books that can be found in the MS library's Digital Library in Sora are specifically noted. The full list of winners and honorees can be found here.

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