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2022 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 1970-2022

Coretta Scott King Medal Winners Poster 1970-2022

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, 2022

Author: Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Illustrator: The Me I Choose Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Nikki Grimes

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 Illustrator Award, 2022

Pura Belpré Pura Belpre Illustrator 1996 - 2022

Pura Belpré Children's Author Awards

Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Awards

Pura Belpré Pura Belpre Author 1996 - 2022

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, 2022


Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley


Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Robert F. Sibert Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published in the English language during the preceding year.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Award, 2022


The People's Painter by Cynthia Levinson


The Great Stink by Colleen Paeff

Fallout by Steve Sheinkin

We Are Still Here! by Traci Sorell

Summertime Sleepers by Melissa Stewart

Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatheford

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, 2022

WINNER - Children's

My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf


A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman

A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott

WINNER - Middle School

A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers


Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll


The Words in my Hands by Asphyxia


A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley

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, 2022


Fox at Night by Corey R. Tabor


Beak & Ally: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti

I Hop by Joe Cepeda

Nothing Fits a Dinosaur by Jonathan Fenske

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Stonewall Children's And Young Adult Literature Award, 2022

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


Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo


Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate

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, 2022


Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba


Coffee, Rabit, Snowdrop, Lost by Betina Birkjaer

In the Meadow of Fantasies by Hadi Mohammadi

The Most Beautiful Story by Brynjulf Jun Tjonn

Sato the Rabbit by Yuki Ainoya

The Sea-Ringed World by Maria Garcia Esperon

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.


Grace Lin

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.


Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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, 2022

WINNER - Picture Book

Watercress by Andrea Wang


A Boy Named Isamu by James Yang

WINNER - Children's Literature

Amina's Song by Hena Khan


Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh

WINNER - Young Adult Literature

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo


We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

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, 2022

WINNER - Younger Readers

The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel


Nicky & Vera by Peter Sis

Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin

The Christmas Mitzvah by Jeff Gottesfeld

WINNER - Older Readers

How to Find What You're Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani


The Genius Under the Table: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin

Linked by Gordon Korman

WINNER - Teen Readers

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros


The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier

Whistle by E. Lockhart

The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds

WINNER - Body of Work

Jane Yolen

American Indian Youth Literature Award

The first AIYLA American Indian Youth Literature Awards were presented during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2006. Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.

American Indian Youth Literature Award, Overall, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award, Picture Book, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award, Middle Grades, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award, Young Adult, 2022

WINNER - Picture Book

Horizon by Daniel W. Vandever

HONORS - Picture Book

Becoming Miss Navajo by Jolyana Begay-Kroupa

Classified: by Traci Sorell

Learning My Rights with Mousewoman by Morgan Asoyuf

I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillet-Sumner

We are Still Here! by Traci Sorell