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Children's Librarian Tracy Kampa Gets Us Ready for Book Award Season

Image of Tracy Kampa reading to a child, award medals, and logo for American Library Association's youth media awards
The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are coming!

On this edition of What We're Reading: Tracy Kampa, Children's Librarian at the Grand Rapids Area Library gets us pumped up for the upcoming American Library Association's Youth Media Awards! Tracy gives us a peek into how the awards are chosen and the books she hopes will bring home the medals. Here's her top picks:

  • The Ogress and the Orphans, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Last Mapmaker, by Christina Soontornvat
  • Jennifer Chan is Not Alone, by Tae Keller
  • Aviva Vs. the Dybbuk, by Mari Lowe
  • Windswept, by Margi Preus
  • Swimteam, by Johnnie Christmas
  • Ain’t Burned All The Bright, by Jason Reynolds
  • I Must Betray You, by Ruta Sepetys
  • Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, by Angela Joy

How will Tracy do at predicting winners this year? We'll re-hash the awards with Tracy in a couple of weeks. You can watch the awards live Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. CT:

Tammy works at Bemidji State University's library, and she hosts "What We're Reading," a show about books and authors.