My 2023 Youth Media Award Predictions

It’s my favorite time of year again! The Youth Media Awards are just around the corner, and I’m ready to make my out of context predictions on most of the awards, except the one I am on this year, of course!

Want to know how well I did last year? You can find my post here: https://aryssareads.com/2022/01/05/my-2022-youth-media-award-predictions/

Frankly, I didn’t do GREAT on exacts. I wanted Da Vinci’s Cat to win, and it won NOTHING. Wronged, I say. I said Starfish would be a Newbery Honor, but it was a Printz Honor. I was way off on my CSK predictions—though I should have seen Unspeakable coming. I did predict the Caldecott! But I think that was obvious, don’t you? Oh, and I got the Printz too! I didn’t make as wide of guesses last year, but this year, I feel like I actually read more Kid Lit, so I feel prepared!

Alrighty…here we go. My predictions, but also maybe my hopes for some, which will either be confirmed or dashed on January 30th, are….

Newbery Medal: The Ogress and the Orphans

Newbery Honors: Cress Watercress, A Rover’s Story,  Hummingbird, Marshmallow Clouds

Caldecott Medal: Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip Stead

Caldecott Honors: Swim Team, Blue: A History of the Color, Gibberish, Farmhouse

Pura Belpre Author:  Sonor Reyes for The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Printz: A Thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee or I Must Betray You by Ruta Septys

Sydney Taylor Middle Grade or Young Adult: Black Bird Blue Road

CSK Author: Kwame Alexander, The Door of No Return or Jason Reynolds, Ain’t Burned All the Bright

CSK Illustrator: Daniel Minter, Blue:  A History of the Color

Sibert: How to Build a Human

Morris: The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Excellence in Non-Fiction: Unequal: A Story of America

Edwards Award: Jason Reynolds

Stonewall Awards: Kind Like Marsha, Self-Made Boys

Stonewall Honors: A Different Kind of Fruit, Alice Austen Lives Here,

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