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2015 ALA Award Books Announced

on February 2, 2015

The 2015 American Library Association Award books were announced this morning in Chicago. These books include the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King as well as the Alex Award books. I love to see which books are included on the Alex Award list. These are books written for adults that appeal to teens too. I recommend many of these in my adult book group when it’s my turn to pick a book for the month.

You can see the entire award list here.

One of the books which won a Newbery Honor is El Deafo by Cece Bell. The story is a memoir, told in graphic novel, about when Cece Bell looses her hearing as a child during the 1970’s and has to wear a hearing aid. I read this story earlier this year and loved it, not only because this is set during the time period I grew up and so many of the cultural details I could relate to, but because the voice is fresh and the story paints a picture of everything a child has to do to deal with a loss of hearing.  Here is a review of the book in the New York Times last summer.

And here is an interview with the author on NPR.

If you only have time to read one book from this year’s award list, I would highly recommend El Deafo.

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