Odyssey Award

Odyssey Award
Awarded for the best audiobook for children
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children and Young Adult Library Services Association divisions of the American Library Association
Country  United States
First awarded 2008
Official website http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/odysseyaward/index.cfm

The Odyssey Award is an annual award given to the producer of the best audiobook for children or young adults, available in English in the United States.[1] It is jointly administered by two divisions of the American Library Association (the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association) and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.[2] The award is based on production quality, looking at such things as narration, sound quality, background music and sound effects.[2] It was named in honor of the Homer's eighth century BC epic poem to remind us of the ancient roots of storytelling, while living in our modern world.[2]



  • All literary genres are eligible for consideration, including read-alongs.[3]
  • The Committee will consider and vote on titles published within their assigned calendar year, January 1 to October 31, in addition to those published between November 1 and December 31 of the previous year. A title may only be submitted once and cannot be reconsidered the next year.[3]
  • Audiobooks produced previously in another audio format are ineligible for consideration.ref name=OdysseyCriteria />
  • The audiobook is intended for either young adults or children, who are defined as persons up to and including age 18; works for this entire age range are to be considered. Adult titles are ineligible.[3]
  • Audiobooks featuring single or full cast narration are eligible.[3]
  • Audiobooks previously published in another country are eligible presuming they have also been distributed in the United States during the term of eligibility.
  • Only audiobooks produced in English are considered, but this requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context.[3]
  • If no title is deemed sufficiently meritorious, no award will be given that year.[3]
  • The chair, with assistance from designated ALSC or YALSA staff, is responsible for verifying the eligibility of all nominated titles.[3]
  • The award will be presented to the publisher of the audiobooks.[3]


Year Title Producers Narrator Writer Citation
2011 The True Meaning of Smekday Listening Library Bahni Turpin Adam Rex Winner
2011 Alchemy and Meggy Swann Listening Library Katherine Kellgren L.A. Meyer Honor
2011 The Knife of Never Letting Go Brilliance Audio Nick Podehl Patrick Ness Honor
2011 Revolution Listening Library Emily Janice Card Jennifer Donnelly Honor
2011 will grayson, will grayson Brilliance Audio MacLeod Andrews John Green and David Levithan Honor
2010 Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken Live Oak Media Barbara Rosenblat Kate DiCamillo Winner
2010 In the Belly of the Bloodhound Listen and Live Audio, Inc. Katherine Kellgren L.A. Meyer Honor
2010 Peace, Locomotion Brilliance Audio Dion Graham Jacqueline Woodson Honor
2010 We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro Baseball Brilliance Audio Dion Graham Kadir Nelson Honor
2009 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Recorded Books Sherman Alexie Sherman Alexie Winner[4]
2009 Curse of the Blue Tattoo Listen & Live Audio Katherine Kellgren L.A. Meyer Honor[4]
2009 Elijah of Buxton Listening Library Mirron Willis Christopher Paul Curtis Honor[4]
2009 I'm Dirty Scholastic/Weston Woods Steve Buscemi Kate McMullan
Jim McMullan
2009 Martina the Beautiful Cockroach Peachtree Carmen Agra Deedy Carmen Agra Deedy Honor[4]
2009 Nation HarperAudio Stephen Briggs Terry Pratchett Honor[4]
2008 Jazz Live Oak Media James "D-Train" Williams
Vaneese Thomas
Walter Dean Myers Winner[5]
2008 Bloody Jack Listen & Live Audio Katherine Kellgren's L.A. Meyer Honor[5]
2008 Dooby Dooby Moo Scholastic/Weston Woods Randy Travis Doreen Cronin Honor[5]
2008 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Listening Library Jim Dales J.K. Rowling Honor[5]
2008 Skulduggery Pleasant HarperChildren's Audio Rupert Degas Derek Landy Honor[5]
2008 Treasure Island Listening Library Alfred Molina Robert Louis Stevenson Honor[5]

Recipients of Multiple Odyssey Awards

  • Listening Library has been honored three times.
  • Harper imprints (HarperAudio and HarperChildrensAudio) has been honored twice.
  • Listen & Live Audio has been honored twice.
  • Scholastic/Weston Woods has been honored twice.


  1. ^ "Odyssey Award". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/odysseyaward/index.cfm. 
  2. ^ a b c "About the Odyssey Award". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/odysseyaward/odysseyabout/index.cfm. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Odyssey Criteria". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/odysseyaward/odysseyawardeligibilitycriteria/odysseycriteria.cfm. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Odyssey Award Winners 2009". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/odyssey/09winners.cfm. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Odyssey Award Winners 2008". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/odyssey/2008odyssey.cfm. 

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