The Youth Media Awards were held recently at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association, in Atlanta GA. Looking thru the list of nominees and winners, shared by SLJ, we were glad to see diverse books about people and experiences from all over the world. Some caught our attention and deserve our praise for the new perspectives they bring forward and the narratives they give a voice to.

These are empowering stories, with colorful illustrations and heartfelt messages.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. written/illus. by Javaka Steptoe.

Freedom in Congo Square. Carole Boston Weatherford. illus. by R. Gregory Christie.

Du Iz Tak? illus. by Carson Ellis.

The Sun Is Also a Star. by Nicola Yoon. 

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille. by Jen Bryant. illus. by Boris Kulikov.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. 10 min. Dist. by Dreamscape.

Over the Ocean. illus. by Taro Gomi. tr. from Japanese by Taylor Norman.

Juana and Lucas. written/illus. by Juana Medina.

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*A complete list of all 2017 winners can be found at the School Library Journal’s  website.

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