2019 ALA Award Winners

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Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 2019 (Includes Poster)

Newbery Medal Winners, 1922-2019


Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina


The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards recognize an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults that demonstrate sensitivity to "the true worth and value of all beings." The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award is presented to a writer and/or illustrator at the beginning of their career as a published children's book creator.

Coretta Scott King Award Winners 1970-2019

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, 2019

Author: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Illustrator: Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Pauletta Brown Barcy

Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Pura Belpré Author Award, 2019

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, 2019

Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is presented to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Michael L. Printz Award, 2019


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three awards are given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school, middle school, and teens.

Schneider Family Book Award, 2019



Rescue & Jessica A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky


The Truth as told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor


Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro


The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen

The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, 2019


Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor


The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap by David Milgrim

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Stonewall Children's And Young Adult Literature Award, 2019

The award honors exceptional merit in English-language works relating to the gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgendered experience.


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love


Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender


Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award honors an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States.

Mildred L. Batchelder, 2019


The Fox on the Swing by Evelina Daciute


Run For Your Life by Silvana Gandolfi

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann

Jerome By Heart by Thomas Scotto

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

Sydney Taylor Award

TThe Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

Children's Literacy Legacy Award

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, 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 award is presented every two years.


Walter Dean Myers

Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.


M.T. Anderson

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award will be given in 2019 to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.


Play and Learn Science by PBS Kids


Coral Reef by Tinybop Inc

Lexi's World by Pop Pop Pop LLC

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

The lecturer, announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature. Once the name is made public, institutions wishing to host the lecture may apply. A library school, department of education in college or university, or a children's library system may be considered. This paper is delivered as a lecture each April, and is subsequently published in Children and Libraries, the journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. ALSC established the lecture series in 1969 with sponsorship from Scott, Foresman and Company.


Gaiman, Neil