ALA - Award Winners


The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.


Below are some of those Award Winners and Honor Books!


The Eyes and the Impossible

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:


The Eyes and the Impossible
by Dave Eggers


Honor Books

1. Eagle Drums, Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson
2. Elf Dog and Owl Head, M. T. Anderson
3. Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir, Pedro Martín
4. Simon Sort of Says, Erin Bow
5. The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams, Daniel Nayeri




Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:


illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison


Honor Books

1. In Every Life, illustrated and written by Marla Frazee
2. Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Molly Mendoza, written by Aida Salazar
3. There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, written by Jason Reynolds
4. The Truth About Dragons, illustrated by Hanna Cha, written by Julie Leung



Nigeria Jones

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Awards recognizing an African American authors


Nigeria Jones: A Novel
by Ibi Zoboi


Honor Books

1. Big, Vashti Harrison
2. How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee,  Carole Boston Weatherford
3. Kin: Rooted in Hope, Carole Boston Weatherford



An American Story


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Awards recognizing an African American illustrators


An American Story
illustrated by Dare Coulter, written by Kwame Alexander


Honor Books

1. Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison
2. Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes, illustrated by Shannon Wright
3. There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey




The Collectors

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:


The Collectors: Stories
edited by A.S. King, written by M.T. Anderson, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, A.S. King, David Levithan, Cory McCarthy, Anna-Marie McLemore, G. Neri, Jason Reynolds, Randy Ribay and Jenny Torres Sanchez


Honor Books

1. Fire from the Sky, Moa Backe Åstot
2. Gather, Kenneth M. Cadow
3. The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: A Speculative Memoir of Transracial Adoption, Shannon Gibney
4. Salt the Water,  Candice Iloh




Seen and Unseen

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:


The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity
written by Nicholas Day and illustrated by Brett Helquist 


Honor Books

1. The Book of Turtles, written by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Matt Patterson
2. Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes, written by Traci N. Todd, illustrated by Shannon Wright
3. Jumper: A Day in the Life of the Backyard Jumping Spider, written and illustrated by Jessica Lanan
4. Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor, written by Martin W. Sandler





Fox Has A Problem

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:


Fox Has a Problem
written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor


Honor Books

1. Henry, Like Always, written by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song
2. Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends, written and illustrated by Kaz Windness





YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 


Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed
written by Dashka Slater


Honor Books

1. America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History, Ariel Aberg-Riger
2. Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam, written and illustrated by Thien Pham
3. From Here, Luma Mufleh
4. Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself​​​​​​​, written by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge