On YALSA Award Winners and Ebooks

In the spring issue of YALS, you’ll find an easy-to-reference listing of all the YALSA award winners and book and media lists announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Since ebooks are on the rise, I thought I’d take a look at which of the winners are currently available as ebooks and which are available for libraries on OverDrive.

Counting the winners and honors of the awards (except for Odyssey) and the top ten books on the Best Fiction, Quick Picks, and Popular Paperback lists, we end up with 50 unique titles. Of those, 37 are available as ebooks that can be purchased through the usual channels including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Google Books. The only titles that aren’t available electronically are non-fiction titles, graphic novels, and older fiction titles. Of the 37 ebooks, 20 are available for libraries to lend in OverDrive, according to their search engine.

As the ebook market continues to grow, I expect we will see more backlist titles become available, while full-color ereaders and tablet computers will allow graphic-intensive books to be offered electronically. Whether or not more ebooks will be available for library lending, however, remains to be seen. I hope that next year, more of the award-winning and noteworthy books honored by YALSA will be available to as many readers as possible in their desired reading format.

Alex Awards

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Big Girl Small Rachel DeWoskin Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011 x
In Zanesville Jo Ann Beard Little, Brown & Company 2011 x
The Lover’s Dictionary David Levithan Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011 x x
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens Brooke Hauser Free Press 2011 x
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Doubleday 2011 x x
Ready Player One Ernest Cline Crown Publishers 2011 x x
Robopocalypse: A Novel Daniel H. Wilson Doubleday 2011 x x
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward Bloomsbury USA 2011 x x
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures Caroline Preston Ecco 2011
The Talk-Funny Girl Roland Merullo Crown Publishers 2011 x x

Edwards Award

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
The Dark Is Rising Sequence Susan Cooper x

Morris Award

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Where Things Come Back John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2011 x
Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys Philomel Books 2011 x x
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson Greenwillow Books 2011 x x
Paper Covers Rock Jenny Hubbard Delacorte Press 2011 x x
Under the Mesquite Guadalupe Garcia McCall Lee and Low Books 2011 x

Printz Award

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Where Things Come Back John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2011 x
Why We Broke Up Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman Little, Brown and Company 2011 x
The Returning Christine Hinwood Dial Books 2011 x x
Jasper Jones Craig Silvey Alfred A. Knopf 2011 x x
The Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic Press 2011 x

Nonfiction Award

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery Steve Sheinkin Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press 2011 x
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos Clarion Books 2011
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Karen Blumenthal Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press 2011 x
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) Sue Macy National Geographic Children’s Books 2011
Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein Susan Goldman Rubin Charlesbridge 2011

Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys Philomel Books 2011 x x
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2011 x
Everybody Sees the Ants A.S. King Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2011 x
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson Greenwillow Books 2011 x x
How to Save a Life Sara Zarr Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2011 x
Leverage Joshua C. Cohen Penguin Group USA/Dutton Juvenile 2011 x x
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness. Illus by Jim Kay Candlewick Press 2011 x x
The Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press 2011 x
Shine Lauren Myracle Abrams/Amulet Books 2011 x
Under the Mesquite Guadalupe Garcia McCall Lee and Low Books 2011 x

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Brain Jack Brian Falkner Ember 2011 x x
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (eds.) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2010 x x
Here Lies Bridget Paige Harbison Harlequin Teen 2011 x x
Hero Perry Moore Hyperion 2009
Jane April Lindner Poppy 2011 x x
My Boyfriend is a Monster #1 Evonne Tsang Evonne Tsang 2011
Shattering Glass Gail Giles Simon Pulse 2003
Sidescrollers Matthew Loux Oni Press 2006
Super Human Michael Carroll Speak 2010 x x
Tripping Heather Waldorf Red Deer Press 2009

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten

Title Author Publisher Date Available as an ebook Available on OverDrive
Bronxwood Coe Booth Scholastic, Inc./Push 2011 x
Chain Reaction Simone Elkeles Walker and Company 2011 x x
D.C. Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide Brandon Snider DK 2011
Enclave Ann Aguirre Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends 2011 x
Ghostopolis Doug TenNapel Scholastic Inc./Graphix 2011
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life James Patterson. Illus. by Lara Park and Chris Tebbets Little, Brown and Company 2011 x x
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever Julian Beever Firefly Books 2010
A Stolen Life: A Memoir Jaycee Dugard Simon & Schuster 2011 x
Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant?…and Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask ‘Who Would Google That? Kendall Almerico and Tess Hottenroth F + W Media/Adams Media 2010 x x
The Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery Brenda Haugen Capstone/Compass Point Books 2010
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  1. This is great! Thanks so much, EAB, for putting this together!

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