Our 2024 ALA Award Winners and Honorees

By Rachel Tran | January 23 2024 | News

The 2024 literary awards season kicked off at LibLearnX with the announcement of the Andrew Carnegie Medals, the Notable Book Awards, and many more. We proudly congratulate all of our award-winning authors.

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The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

The Berry Pickers: A Novel by Amanda Peters (Catapult)

The Berry Pickers

ALA Notable Books



Y/N by Esther Yi (Astra House)

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Riverhead Books)

Chain-Gang All Stars: A Novel by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Knopf)

In Memoriam: A Novel by Alice Winn (Knopf)

Same Bed Different Dreams: A Novel by Ed Park (Random House)

North Woods: A Novel by Daniel Mason (Random House)


Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond (Crown)

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann (Doubleday)

Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming by Ava Chin (Penguin Press)

Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation by Camonghne Felix (One World)

A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan (Viking)

Alex Award Winners

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.


Bad Cree: A Novel by Jessica Johns (Doubleday)

Chain-Gang All Stars: A Novel by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Knopf)

I Will Greet the Sun Again: A Novel by Khashayar J. Khabushani (Hogarth)

RUSA Reading List (Genre Winners)


Adrenaline Short List:
Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie (Berkley)

Horror Winner:
The September House by Carissa Orlando (Berkley)

Horror Short List:
Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (Berkley)
Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror edited by Jordan Peele (Random House)

Historical Fiction Short List:
The Bookbinder: A Novel by Pip Williams (Ballantine)
Essex Dogs: A Novel by Dan Jones (Penguin Books)

Mystery Short List:
Grave Expectations: A Mystery by Alice Bell (Vintage)

Relationship Fiction Winner:
The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley (Berkley)

Romance Short List:
Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Berkley)


The CODES List: Cookbooks


Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice: A Cocktail Recipe Book: Cocktails from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (Clarkson Potter)

Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook by Sohla El-Waylly (Knopf)

Latinísimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America: A Cookbook by Sandra A. Gutierrez (Knopf)

Shabbat: Recipes and Rituals from My Table to Yours by Adeena Sussman (Avery)

Tenderheart: A Cookbook About Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds by Hetty Lui McKinnon (Knopf)

A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese) by Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Pang (America’s Test Kitchen)

Sophie Brody Medal


The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Riverhead Books)

Honor Book:
Poland a Green Land: A Novel by Ahron Appelfeld (Schocken)

Stonewall Book Award


Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award Winner:
Hijab Butch Blues: A Memior by Lamya H (Dial Press)

Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor:
The Skin and Its Girl: A Novel by Sarah Cypher (Ballantine)

Listen List


Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah; read by Shayna Small (Books on Tape)

Happiness Falls: A Novel by Angie Kim; read by Shannon Tyo, Sean Patrick Hopkins, and Thomas Pruyn (Books on Tape)

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel by James McBride; read by Dominic Hoffman (Books on Tape)

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto; read by Eunice Wong (Books on Tape)

Learn more about our 2024 Listen List winners here.


Odyssey Award Children’s Winner Audiobook


El Deafo by Cece Bell;
read by Sarah Tubert, Lexi Finigan, Jennifer Aquino, Fred Berman, Bailey Carr, Nicky Endres, Matt Godfrey, Avi Roque, Sanya Simmons (Listening Library)


Odyssey Award Children’s Honor Audiobook


Mexikid by Pedro Martín;
read by Oscar Emmanuel Fabela, Omar Leyva, Cynthia Farrell, Kevin Orduño, Elena Rey, Avi Roque, Christophe Landa, Daisy Guevara, Alejandro Vargas-Lugo, Fernando Monroy (Listening Library)

Learn more about our 2024 Odyssey Audiobooks here.

Listen to Clips of Our 2024 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings

Learn More About Our Youth Media Award Winners Here.

Visit ALA’s Site for the Full Lists.