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Field Trip Friday: February 6, 2015


All the awards! The American Library Association had their midwinter meeting in snowy Chicago this past weekend, which concluded with the always thrilling ALA Youth Media Award announcements. A few YA highlights:

The Michael L. Printz Award: I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
Honor books: GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith; THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (also a Caldecott Honor book!); THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY by Jessie Ann Foley; AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard.

The William C. Morris Debut YA Award: GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
Honor Books: THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander; HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson; HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds

The Schneider Family Book Award (teen category): GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

The Stonewall Book Award: THIS DAY IN JUNE by Gayle E. Pittman, illustrated by Kristya Litten
Honor Books: BEYOND MAGENTA: TRANSGENDER TEENS SPEAK OUT by Susan Kuklin; I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson; MORRIS MICKLEWHITE AND THE TANGERINE DRESS by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabel Malenfant

The Pura Belpré (Author) Award: I LIVED ON BUTTERFLY HILL by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White
Honor Book: PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón

ALA also announced its 2015 Rainbow list and YALSA announced a number of its 2015 book lists, including Best Fiction for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and more...

Many thanks to all the hardworking committees. And congratulations to all the books and authors honored and to all books, authors, and readers everywhere!


This isn't about writing, exactly. It's about running. But it's also about the courage beneath disappointment, and how feeling like you've failed means you cared enough to try in the first place.

Beautiful post by author Beth Kephart on finding meaning through intrinsic motivation.

A fascinating look at the way memory - in all its myriad forms - can impact creativity.

Looking for a write-minded community? Author Natalie Parker is helping to connect writers who are agented-but-not-yet-pubbed.


I think we were all stunned this week when it was announced that Harper Lee would be publishing a sequel of sorts to her classic novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, titled GO SET A WATCHMAN. Questions and concerns about the news immediately came up.

We've all been there, haven't we? Buzzfeed lists the "26 worst things that can happen to a book lover!" 

Two cities are cracking down on...those Little Free Libraries?

It's February! That means that every day this month, the Brown Bookshelf is highlighting a different African American author who is writing for children.


Publisher Candlewick will now have the first shot at manuscripts written by graduates of Lesley University's MFA program. 

Lee Wind of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What Do I Read is starting a blog series featuring agents and editors who are actively seeking diverse books. Read about what agent Jennifer Laughran is looking for. 

Tu Books announces the finalists for its New Visions Award!

School Library Journal looks at some of the benefits and challenges of small presses and self publishers.

BEA is facing criticism again for the lack of diversity in their author lineup.


A look at how success at Sundance can lead to Hollywood success...if you're a white guy.

A woman reaches out to a cruel internet troll with surprising results.

A high school student in Alberta, Canada wanted to paint a mural featuring two boys kissing. It was approved. Then banned. This father's letter to the school in response is a beautiful appeal to the importance of representation and affirmation.


Phew. Guys, I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. Until next week!

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. BEA's missteps are just embarrassing at this point.

  2. Thanks, Stephanie, for all these interesting links. I especially liked Beth Kephart's honest post on the ups and downs of being a published author. I was also pleased to find Natalie Parker's group for agented authors in limbo.


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