The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Stop by to get a closer look at the winners.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner.
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly; and Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Javaka Steptoe.
Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol; Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Elliss; and They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by Nate Powell.
Two King Author Honor Books were selected: As Brave as You, written by Jason Reynolds; and Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Javaka Steptoe..
Three King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan; and In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
The Sun Is Also a Star, written by Nicola Yoon, is the Steptoe author award winner.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Dr. Bishop is a winner of numerous awards and has served as a respected member of many book awards committees over the course of her long and distinguished career. Her influential writing, speaking, and teaching articulates the history and cultural significance of African-American children’s literature. Her globally cited work, “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors,” has inspired movements for increased diversity in books for young people, and provides the basis for the best multicultural practice and inquiry for students, teachers, writers and publishing houses.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill; The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry; Scythe, by Neal Shusterman; and The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov wins the award for young children (ages 0 to 10).
as brave as you written by Jason Reynolds is the winner for middle grades (ages 11-13).
When We Collided, written by Emery Lord is the winner for teens (ages 13-18).
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst.
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales.
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford.
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart.
Arena, by Holly Jennings..
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire.
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North.
Die Young with Me: A Memoir, by Rob Rufus.
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar, by Matt Simon.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
The 2017 winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include Bronx Masquerade, which won the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2003, and Words with Wings, the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor in 2014. In addition, Grimes received the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award in 2016 and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2017 winner is Sarah Dessen. Her books include: Dreamland, Keeping the Moon, Just Listen, The Truth about Forever, Along for the Ride, What Happened to Goodbye? and This Lullaby.
2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Naomi Shihab Nye will deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The daughter of a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. The author and/or editor of more than 30 books for adults and children, her latest for young people, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen as a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the ALA. She has received four Pushcart Prizes, was a National Book Award finalist, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, amongst her many honors.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
Cry, Heart, But Never Break is the 2017 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Danish in 2001 as “Græd blot hjerte,” the book was written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: Over the Ocean, published by Chronicle Books LLC, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman; As Time Went By, published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the German by Audrey Hall; and The Ballad of a Broken Nose, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, written by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson.
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
Anna and the Swallow Man, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Groups, is the 2017 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.
Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:
Ghost produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard; Dream On, Amber, produced by Recorded Books, written by Emma Shevah and narrated by Laura Kirman; and Nimona, produced by HarperAudio, written by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu.
Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Cathy Camper and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named:
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge.
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Juana & Lucas, written by Juana Medina, is the Pura Belpré Author Award winner. The book is illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Candlewick Press.
One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: The Only Road, written by Alexandra Diaz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, is the Sibert Award winner.
Four Sibert Honor Books were named:
Giant Squid, written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann; Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, written by Caren Stelson; Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin; and We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, written by Russell Freedman.
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, written by Rick Riordan, and If I Was Your Girl written by Meredith Russo are the 2017 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, respectively.
Three Honor Books were selected:
When the Moon Was Ours, written by Anna-Marie McLemore; Unbecoming, written by Jenny Downhams; and Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community, written by Robin Stevenson.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
“We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written by Laurie Keller.
Four Geisel Honor Books were named: Good Night Owl, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli; Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper, written and illustrated by Mike Twohy; Go Otto Go! written and illustrated by David Milgrim; and The Infamous Ratsos, written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers.
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
The Serpent King, written by Jeff Zentner, is the 2017 Morris Award winner. .
Four other books were finalists for the award: Girl Mans Up, written by M-E Girard; Rani Patel in Full Effect, written by Sonia Patel; The Smell of Other People’s Houses, written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock; and Tell Me Something Real, written by Calla Devlin.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Excellence winner.
Four other books were finalists for the award: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal; In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, by Kenneth C. Davis; Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds; and This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration, written by Linda Barrett Osborne.