The Best Books for Kids According to the ALA – SheKnows
This was a year when we all – adults and children – were in dire need of books. We have also missed having the wisdom of librarians and bookstores helping us choose the next favorite book for our very bored kids stuck at home in choosing the next undeniably favorite book. Well, we have that wisdom now in the form of the American Library Association (ALA) annual 2021 Youth Media Awards.
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These hardworking librarians read as much as ever in 2020 and have chosen the highly regarded Newberry and Caldecott Medals, as well as the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and several other awards for books for young readers. There are awards for the best representation of Latinx people, Asian Americans, Jewish people, people with disabilities, and more. We’re sure the authors of these books are very excited about these awards (and the glossy, embossed designs on their covers), but they mean something even more important to parents, teachers, and children. Given this long, daunting list or huge shelves of books, having some tips on what to buy or check out next is really helpful.
Among this year’s ALA awards, you can find magic in books like When You Catch a Tiger, About a Girl Trying to Negotiate Her Grandmother’s Health with a Tiger. And you can find music in biographies like RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul. Stir your hunger with ¡Vamos! Let’s go out to eat or bring out tears with Before the Ever After.
With this list, we have only scratched the surface of the great books for children and teenagers that the ALA has awarded this year. So be sure to visit their website for more recommendations. And prepare for the strange lack of “Mooooom, I’m so disappointed”.
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