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2020 ALA Award Winners

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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 1970-2020

Coretta Scott King Medal Winners Poster 1970-2020

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, 2020

Author: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Illustrator: What is Given from the Heart by April Harrison

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mildred D. Taylor

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, 2020

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, 2020

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, 2020


Dig by A.S. King


The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with me by Mariko Tamaki

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Robert F. Sibert Award

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, 2020

WINNER - Children's

Just ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor


A Friend for Henry by Jean Bailey

WINNER - Middle School

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly


Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya


Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein


Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

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, 2020


Stop! Bot! by James Yang


Smell My Foot by Cece Bell

Flubby is Not a Good Pet by J.E. Morris

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Stonewall Children's And Young Adult Literature Award, 2020

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


When Aidan Becomes a Brother by Kyle Lukoff


The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta


The Best at it by Maulik Pancholy

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Like a Love story by Abdi Nazemian

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, 2020


Brown by Hakon Overas


The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti

Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke

When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee

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.


Kevin Henkes

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.


Steve Sheinkin

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award will be given in 2020 to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.


Molly of Denali (App) by PBS Kids


Seek (App) by iNaturalist

States of Matter (App) by Tinybop

ALSC Children's Literature 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.


Rudine Sims Bishop

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. Each award will be named and given the award seal during the annual APALA Literature Award Ceremony.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, 2020

WINNER - Picture Book

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson


Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

WINNER - Children's Literature

Stargazing by Jen Wang


I'm Ok by Patty Kim

WINNER - Young Adult Literature

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei


Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Sydney Taylor Award

The 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. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category.

Sydney Taylor Award, 2020

WINNER - Younger Readers

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come by Sue Macy


Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Leslea Newman

The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music by Debbie Levy

WINNER - Older Readers

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio


Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany by Andrew Maraniss

Anya And The Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack

WINNER - Teen Readers

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel Dewoskin


Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz

Sick Kids In Love by Hannah Moskowitz

American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) awards are presented every two years to recognize the most outstanding contributions to children's literature by and about American Indians. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2020

WINNER - Picture Book

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child


Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

Birdsong by Julie Flett (Cree-Metis)

At the Mountains Base by Traci Sorell (Cherokee)

We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (Cherokee)

Raven makes the Aleutians by Janine Gibbons

WINNER - Middle School

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua/Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde)


I can make this promise by Christine Day (Upper Skagit)

The Grizzly Mother by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw ("Huson, Brett D.", Gitxsan)

WINNER - Young Adult

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Smith (Muscogee)


Surviving The City by Tasha Spillett (Nehiyaw-Trinidadian)

Reawakening Our Ancestors' Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing by Angela Hovak Johnstone (Inuk)

An Indigienous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley (Ojibwe, Turtle Mountain Band)