This isn't a topic I'm as focused on or familiar with as others I've talked about on this blog, but I thought it merited some sort of response. I mean, someday, I might win one. Maybe. (Hahahaha.) So I shall be doing some research today!
The one opinion I remember having in the past, way back in elementary school, was that Newbery Book Award winners stunk. The Newbery Award grants one Medal, and a few Honors, to a set of children's books each year, focusing on "original creative works from American literature." When I was still reading (and writing) books that fit in its category (not YA), this was the one award I was super-aware of, probably mostly because my mom made a point of buying Newbery Medal winners all the time.
She asked me once if I thought I'd win a Newbery someday. My answer was an unquestionable NO. Why? Because they would never consider my books worthy of their award, especially since they seem intent on picking books I absolutely hated.
Researching now, I see that wasn't entirely true. The majority of Newbery Medal winners in the past were books that bored me as a kid, like Kira-Kira (yeah, it had my name; that's why I read it) or Bridge to Terebithia (depressing). I don't know what I'd think now, though. A couple of them were pretty legit. The one I was always aware of, "the one time Newbery got it right," I used to say, was The Giver. I've talked about that book before a good few times. It's one of my favorites. There are also a couple others on the Newbery list that I liked: A Wrinkle in Time, The Tale of Desperaux.
But what other awards are there that might relate to the things I write?
Well, apparently there's something called the "National Book Awards", done by the National Book Foundation, which gives out awards to books and authors both. There's a section focusing on Young People's Literature. From what I'm seeing of the author awards, the ones I recognize I would agree with. The books also look pretty nice! I haven't actually read most of them, which surprises me, but the ones I recognize are pretty darn good. Some of them I would 100% agree with. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is one of the few books that has ever made me cry, for example, and I made my mom read it. Twice.
Yeah. I could go for those awards. Nice job, National Book Foundation.
What else have we got? I vaguely recognize this name, the Michael L. Printz Award. It's done by YALSA, which is a good sign. I like YA fiction. I really do. Why aren't there more awards for that? ...oh. The Printz Award isn't bad, but, because everyone seems to think YA books should be sexual or dark in some way, it appears to have a lot of books that I stopped reading due to explicit content. So IDK about that.
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