June 18, 2018

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Winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2018

The American Library Association has announced the winners of its 2018 Youth Media Awards. Here’s the full list.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly

Three Newbery honor books were named: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

Four Caldecott honor books were named: Big Cat, little cat, written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi, and Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Four Printz honor books were named: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Three author honor books were named: Crown by Derrick Barnes published by Bolden, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Two King Illustrator Honor Book were named:  Crown by Gordon C. James, and Before She was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman by James E. Ransome

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent  Award:  

Writer: The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Illustrator: Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song illustrated by Charly Palmer

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Eloise Greenfield

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

All Systems Red by Martha Wells, The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson, Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming, Malagash by Joey Comeau, Roughneck by Jeff Lemire, She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper, Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh, and An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

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 2018 winner is Jacqueline Woodson, author of more than two dozen books, including Brown Girl Dreaming, and is the 2018-19 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: The 2018 winner is Angela Johnson

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. The 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot lecture will be delivered by Debbie Reese.

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: The Murderer’s Ape, written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves

Three honor books were named: Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education written by Raphaële Frier, translated by Julie Cormier, When a Wolf is Hungry written by Christine Naumann-Villemin, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, and You Can’t be Too Careful written by Roger Mello, translated by Daniel Hahn

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: The Hate U Give produced by HarperAudio, written by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin.

Five Odyssey honor books were named: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage written Phillip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen, A Boy Called Christmas  by Matt Haig, narrated by Stephen Fry, Long Way Down written and narrated by Jason Reynolds, Trombone Shorty written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, and The Wizards of Once written by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

The winner for text: Lucky Broken Girl, written by Ruth Behar

Two Belpré honor books for text were named: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written by Pablo Cartaya and The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez.

The winner for illustration: La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya

Two Belpré honor books were named for illustration: All Around Us illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena Gonzalez and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, illustrated by John Parra, written by Monica Brown.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

Four Sibert honor books were named: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs MartinGrand Canyon, written and illustrated by Jason Chin, Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability and Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem, written by Patricia Newman

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes

Five honor books were named: I See a Cat by Paul Meisel; King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler; My Kite is Stuck and Other Stories by Salina Yoon; Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; and Snail & Worm Again by Tina Kulger

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Five finalists were for the William C. Morris Award: Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Devils Within by S.F. Henson, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali, and Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

The finalists were: #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism, written by Marc Aronson and Marina BudhosThe 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka SlaterVincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman, and The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler

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: Little & Lion, written by Brandy Colbert, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group Inc. and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, published by Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group.

Two Stonewall honor books were named: As The Crow Flies, written and illustrated by Melanie Gillman, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee published by Katherine Tegen books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences:

For Young Children: Silent Days, Silent Dreams, written and illustrated by Allen Say, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Middle Grade: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green, published by Pajama Press, Inc.

Teen: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House.



  1. JULIA E MOORE says:

    No Carnegie Medal for video??

  2. Article omitted the last name of the author of “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora,” written by Pablo Cartaya. Congrats to all the winners and honorees!

  3. Terry Shay says:

    Tina Kügler’s name is misspelled in the Seuss section.

  4. Tina Pomroy says:

    You spelled Salina Yoon’s name wrong. Bravo for including her as an Honor for Seuss category.

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