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2023 Youth Media Award Winners
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2023 Youth Media Award Winners

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the top books, digital media, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards.

Freewater

By: Amina Luqman-Dawson
Narrated by: Cary Hite & Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

Debut author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from a plantation and the many ways they find freedom.

Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, unwillingly leaving their beloved mother behind. Much as he... Read more

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Iveliz Explains It All

(Newbery Honor Award Winner)

By: Andrea Beatriz Arango
Narrated by: Raquel Merediz
Length: 3 hours 21 minutes

NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER • In this timely and moving novel in verse, a preteen girl navigates seventh grade while facing mental health challenges. A hopeful, poetic story about learning to advocate for the help and understanding you deserve.

"Powerful." —Lisa Fipps, Printz Honor-winning author of Starfish

How do you speak up when it feels like...
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The Last Mapmaker

By: Christina Soontornvat
Narrated by: Sura Siu
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

“This Thai-inspired historical fantasy follows 12-year-old Sai, a conman's daughter who pretends to be from a noble family in order to become the apprentice to the empire's most famous mapmaker. When Sai is invited to join him on a voyage to discover the fabled dragon-infested Sunderlands, Sai discovers that she's not the only one with a secret... Read more

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Ain't Burned All the Bright

By: Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Jason Reynolds, Nile Bullock, Tatum Marylin Hall, JaQwan J. Kelly & DePre Owens
Length: 37 minutes

NAMED A 2023 ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN’S RECORDING!

Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin, had a... Read more

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Star Child

A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

By: Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by: Ibi Zoboi & Robin Miles
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler.

Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights... Read more

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Narrated by: Carole Boston Weatherford
Length: 18 minutes

From an award-winning author comes a stunning and deeply moving book based on the popular spiritual "Standing in the Need of Prayer." The classic lyrics have been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of African American history.

This inspirational audiobook encapsulates African American history and invites... Read more

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We Deserve Monuments

By: Jas Hammonds
Narrated by: Tamika Katon-Donegal
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

What's more important: knowing the truth or keeping the peace?When her family moves to Bardell, Georgia, on the cusp of her senior year, Avery Anderson is uprooted from DC and thrust into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and reveals a... Read more

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All My Rage

A Novel

By: Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan & Kausar Mohammed
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

“Amazing and intense! Not light subject matter (note the long trigger warning) but such a rewarding read because of its depiction of the immigrant experience, Pakistani culture, and a willingness to tackle tough issues. Friendships and characters are heartwarming. AMR never loses its sense of optimism even when dealing with tragedy. Read more

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Queer Ducks (and Other Animals)

The Natural World of Animal Sexuality

By: Eliot Schrefer
Narrated by: Joel Froomkin, Dustin Ballard, Hope Newhouse & Neo Cihi
Length: 5 hours 44 minutes

This groundbreaking YA nonfiction title from two-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer is a well-researched and teen-friendly exploration of the gamut of queer behaviors observed in animals.A quiet revolution has been underway in recent years, with study after study revealing substantial same-sex... Read more

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Icebreaker

By: A.L. Graziadei
Narrated by: Tom Picasso
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

“I'm going to level with you - everything I know about sports I either learned against my will or from other queer media (hello, Check, Please!) and I still absolutely loved this enemies-to-lovers college hockey romance. I was not quite expecting the relatable representation of anxiety and depression, or such a poignant exploration of what it... Read more

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Scout's Honor

By: Lily Anderson
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

"Frankie Corzo pulls out all the stops as she narrates this clever story of the tea-drinking, pink-clad Ladybird Scouts and the inter-dimensional monsters they must destroy. With impressive emotional range, Corzo brings out Prue's cautious excitement as she connects with the newbies and embraces the thrill of the hunt. Corzo captures her... Read more

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How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion

By: Shannon Stocker
Narrated by: Elle Newlands
Length: 17 minutes

* Schneider Family Book Award Winner *

A gorgeous and empowering picture book biography about Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world. (Cover may vary)


"No. You can't," people said.
But Evelyn knew she could. She had found her own way to listen.

From the moment Evelyn Glennie heard her first note,... Read more

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Hummingbird

By: Natalie Lloyd
Narrated by: Natalie Lloyd
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

I Miss You Stinky Face is now a board book!Bestselling author Natalie Lloyd returns with her most personal book to date, a story about a girl who—armed with her trusty, snazzy wheelchair—refuses to let her brittle bone disease stand in the way of adventure. Read more

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Wildoak

By: C. C. Harrington
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

When the fates of a snow leopard, a child, and an ancient forest collide, the unimaginable can happen. Perfect for fans of Pax and The One and Only Ivan.**Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award!*** "Nuanced and empowering." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review* "Memorably atmospheric." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Immersive." - The... Read more

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The Words We Keep

By: Erin Stewart
Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

WINNER OF THE SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD FOR TEENS!

A beautifully realistic, relatable story about mental health—anxiety, perfectionism, depression—and the healing powers of art—perfect for fans of Girl in Pieces and How it Feels to Float. Whatever you struggle with, you are not alone and you are already enough—just the way you are.


It's been... Read more

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True Biz

A Novel

By: Sara Novic
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan & Kaleo Griffith
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A “tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War

“For those who loved the...
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Solito

A Memoir

By: Javier Zamora
Narrated by: Javier Zamora
Length: 17 hours 8 minutes

Solito follows the journey of nine-year-old Javier Zamora, a boy from El Salvador, as he attempts to cross into the United States on his own. Though Zamora is supported and loved by his family in El Salvador, they are unable to make the voyage with him, meaning that he must face the challenges and unfamiliar terrain with a group of strangers... Read more

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I'm Glad My Mom Died

By: Jennette McCurdy
Narrated by: Jennette McCurdy
Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

“Woah! There is so much to unpack here. I put on the audiobook and finished it in two days because I just couldn't stop listening. I didn't grow up watching iCarly—coincidentally because I grew up Mormon—but Jennette McCurdy's memoir will strike a chord (many chords) with anyone who reads it. We could all do with a little more understanding on... Read more

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess

A Novel

Celestial Kingdom: Book #1

By: Sue Lynn Tan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 15 hours

“Glimmering with lavish imagery and ethereal world-building, Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a hero's journey where love is essential to coming of age. A remarkable debut filled with monsters, magic, power, and my favorite — dragons. Read more

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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 21 hours 45 minutes

“This is it. This is the magical school story that adults who grew up in the 90s and 00s have been hoping to find: one that incorporates a beautiful, erudite, delightfully post-steampunk world of magic, but that is ultimately about the hopes and the friendships of young people who came from outside the elite class, and whose lives have been... Read more

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