My 2022 Youth Media Award Predictions

It is almost this librarian’s favorite time of year! In just a few weeks, we’ll spend a lovely morning at LibLearnX (virtual) seeing who won all the awesome literature awards for children! The Newbery and Caldecott are the big names, obviously, and as part of my general work as a librarian and reviewer, I have some OPINIONS. But I also love seeing predictions come true, so why not share my opinions with you all today?

Here are my predictions for the big YMA categories. I read SO MANY good Newbery and Caldecott contenders this year, but I truly think Da Vinci’s Cat is my pick here! And Watercress, while also a potential Newbery winner, I think blows so many other picture books out of the water in comparison!

Newbery Medal: Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Newbery Honors: Starfish by Lisa Fipps, Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor, 

Coretta Scott King Author:  Alicia D Williams–Jump at the Sun 

Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Laura Freeman–Standing on Her Shoulders

Caldecott Medal: Watercress by Andrea Wang

Printz Award: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Pura Belpre Author:The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Pura Belpre Illustrator: Erika Meza, My Two Border Towns

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award: Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Bethany

YALSA Morris Award: Me (Moth)

What books do you think will win by at the YMA awards on January 24th?

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