"Disability In Kidlit Guide" Raises Anticipation at the ALA Midwinter Meeting for Youth Media Awards

The festivities are underway at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Several representatives from the Disability in Kidlit group are there absorbing information and resources at panel presentations, author signings, giveaways and more.

In a guide to the meeting, members have identified book titles featuring disabled characters that are for sale in the exhibit hall and those up for awards. These include "#ownvoices" titles by members of their organization.

Happenings  Check out "#alamw16," a social media hashtag to watch, especially during the annual announcement about the ALA Youth Media Awards next week. "On Monday morning, we’ll find out who won this year! We’re happy to see there are several titles featuring disabled characters nominated, and several others are buzzed about as likely recipients," the attendees reported. Books to watch:

Other Awards Worth Watching

William C. Morris Debut Award sealThe nominees for the William C. Morris Debut Award, previously announced in nov. 2015 included five nominated titles, of which three feature disabled protagonists: Anne-Marie McLemore’s The Weight of Feathers, Stephanie Oakes’s The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and Leah Thomas’s Because You’ll Never Meet Me (see a review)

Schneider Family Book Award seal

Finally, all are awaiting the annual winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. This honor goes to an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. 

Books On Hand  The guide also lists titles featuring disabled characters by publishers and some of the authors will be at booths to sign books. Note that members have not yet read most of these titles, thus "these are not recommendations or even suggestions, as we can’t vouch for the quality of the book or portrayal of disability. We’re listing this purely to provide information," say guide authors. More books are sure to be uncovered at the meeting, they add. If readers" know of a title with a disabled protagonist not listed that will be present at the show, let us know via Twitter. . . We would love to fill out the list!"

  1. ABRAMS, booth #1825  On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (full disclosure: Disability in Kidlit co-founder)
  2. Penguin, booth #183  Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whale and Teaching materials for Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree
  3. Flux, booth #2041  How Many Letters Are in Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
  4. Pop Top Stage  Bounders by Monica Tesler and Run by Kody Keplinger (full disclosure: Disability in Kidlit co-founder)

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