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Karina and Matthew talk about the Youth Media Awards, educators doing mock book awards with their students, and we look back on some of our favorite Kidlit These Days episodes of the year. Joining is special guest Colby Sharp, 5th grade teacher, co-host of The Yarn podcast, editor of The Creativity Project, An Awesometastic Story Collection, and the co-author with Donalyn Miller of Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder Journal and by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

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The Youth Media Awards

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Colby Sharp


Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat (2019 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Picture Book winner)

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (2019 Newbery Medal winner)

Dr. Debbie Reese (2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award)

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender/Kacen Callender (2019 Stonewall Book Award winner)

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (2019 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner)

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (2019 Caldecott honor)

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan (2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor & 2017 Newbery honor)

The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros; illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte (2019 Schneider Family Book Award Young Children’s Book honor)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (2017 Newbery award winner)

Jerome By Heart by Thomas Scotto, illustrated by Olivier Tallec and translated from the French by Claudia ZoeBedrick and Karin Snelson (2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award honor)

Let us know what books or topics you’ve been sharing this week, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).