Each year the American Library Association names the winners of a wide range of awards. If you write for children, check out these books. With no further fuss – here are the winners.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
Winner: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers). This one looks intriguing but I have to admit that I heard zero buzz on it up until this point. Request in at the library.
Honor Books: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Bolden/Agate Imprint/Denene Millner Book)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book). Sue here: I have this one on hold but it hasn’t come in yet.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for
Winner: Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan). Woo-hoo! I always get excited when they reward a book I’ve read.
Honor Books: Big Cat, little cat illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership)
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (Bolden). Pay special attention when you see a book on more than one list!
A Different Pond illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi (Capstone Young Readers). Loved it! , Grand Canyon illustrated and written by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press). Not sure how I missed this since I really like Chin’s work. Back to the library!
Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors:
Winner: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Honor Books: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (Bolden). That makes three honors!
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum). That’s two for this one.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray). Waiting for this to come in.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American illustrators:
Winner: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth (Candlewick Press)
Honor Books: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (Bolden). Four honors!
Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman illustrated by James E. Ransome, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Holiday House)
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for authors:
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustrators:
Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song illustrated by Charly
Palmer, by Kathryn Erskine (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan)
Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Eloise Greenfield who has more than 40 books about African American life.
Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature:
Winner: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Dutton Books)
Honor Books: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray). That’s two for this one.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books). Three!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (Godwin Books/Henry Holt) And two for this one.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
For Young Children: Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say (Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc., wins the award for young children (ages 0
For Middle Grade: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green (Pajama Press Inc.)
For Teens: You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner (Alfred A. Knopf).
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for an author or illustrator whose US books have made a substantial, lasting contribution.
Winner: Jacqueline Woodson whose is also the Library of Congress ambassador for young people’s literature for the year.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Winner: The 2018 winner is Angela Johnson.
Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose books best portray and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Illustrator Award Winner: La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
Illustrator Honors Books: All Around Us illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena González (Cinco Puntos Press)
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos illustrated by John Parra, by Monica Brown (NorthSouth Books, Inc.)
Author Award Winner: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Penguin Random House).
Honor Books: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (Viking)
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (Viking)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for informational books:
Winner: Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
Honor Books: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One (Readers to Eaters Books)
Grand Canyon written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Roaring Book Press). That’s two for this one.
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability written by Shane Burcaw, illustrated by Matt Carr (Roaring Brook Press)
Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman (Millbrook Press)
Stonewall Book Award for books relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
Winner: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (Little, Brown and Company)
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers)
Honor Books: As the Crow Flies written and illustrated by Melanie Gillman (Iron Circus Comics)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Katherine Tegen Books)
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.
Winner: Charlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes (Chronicle Books)
Honor Books: I See a Cat written and illustrated by Paul Meisel (Holiday House)
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers (Peachtree Publishers). This is especially exciting to me since Dori is a writing aquaintance. Woo-hoo! Way to go, Dori!
My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories written and illustrated by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Noodleheads See the Future written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold (Holiday House)
Snail & Worm Again written and illustrated by Tina Kügler (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This is an amazing list of books. Take the time to read some of them. As you read, think about what qualities earned this book a place among other ALA stars. And keep on writing!