2.12.18 ALA Awards

A Note from Jamie, RJ Julia's Kids' Book Buyer:

The spirit of competition is high right now, so when the greatest awards and honors for children’s literature were announced yesterday, we cheered for our favorites!

Among other prestigious awards, this list includes the Newbery and Caldecott. We have been featuring many of the nominees throughout the year and look forward to putting the winners front and center for you. 

These are books that will broaden your world and touch your heart, from the littlest readers to the young adults (in all of us). I hope you find a few books and authors you were rooting for on the list below!


 

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

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

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordel


Caldecott Honor Books


 

 

 

John Newbery Medal

for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature  

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

Michael L. Printz Award

for excellence in literature
written for young adults

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


Printz Honor Books


 

Robert F. Sibert
Informational Book Award
 

for most distinguished
informational book for children

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

 

 

 

 

William C. Morris Award

for a debut book published by a
first-time author writing for teens

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Sibert Honor Books


William C. Morris Finalists


 

Coretta Scott King
Author Award

recognizing African American authors
of outstanding books for children
and young adults

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

 

Coretta Scott King
Illustrator Award

recognizing African American illustrators of outstanding books for children
and young adults

Ekua Holmes for Out of Wonder:
Poems Celebrating Poets
 

written by Kwame Alexander with
Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth


King Honor Books


 

Coretta Scott King /
John Steptoe New Talent
Author Award

to affirm new talent

The Stars Beneath Our Feet 
by David Barclay Moore

 

 

Coretta Scott King /
John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award

to affirm new talent

Charly Palmer for Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song written by Kathryn Erskine


 

Pura Belpre 
Author Award

honoring Latino writers whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

 

 

Pura Belpre 
Illustrator Award

honoring Latino illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Juana Martinez-Neal for
La Princesa and the Pea 
written by Susan Middleton Elya


Pura Belpre Honor Books


 

Stonewall Book Award -
Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and 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

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

 

 

Stonewall Book Award -
Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and 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

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater


Stonewall Honor Books


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
for the most distinguished book for beginning readers

Charlie & Mouse
by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes

 


Geisel Honor Books


The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award 

This 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 2018 winner is Jacqueline Woodson

To see the full list of awards and winners,
please visit the ALA Youth Media Award Winners list.