ALA Awards

Caldecott Medal

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newbery Medal Winners, 1922-2017


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Wolf Hollow by Laurent Wolk

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 Author Award, 2017

Coretta Scott King Award Winners 1970-2017

Author Award


March: Book Three by John Lewis


As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Illustrator Award

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, 2017

Author: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Rudine Sims Bishop is Professor Emerita of Education at The Ohio State University, where she has taught courses on children’s literature.

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, 2017

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, 2017


Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina


The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz


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, 2017


March: Book Three by John Lewis


Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon

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, 2017


March: Book Three by John Lewis


Giant Squid by Candace Fleming

Sachiko by Caren Stelson

Uprooted by Albert Marrin

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

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, 2017


Six Dots by Jen Bryant


As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds


When We Collided by Emery Lord

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, 2017


We Are Growing by Laurie Keller


Got Otto Go by David Milgrim

Goodnight Owl by Greg Pizzoli

Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run by Mike Twohy

William C. Morris Award

The William C. Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author.

William C. Morris Debut YA Award, 2017


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner


Girl Man Up by M-E Girard

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

Andrew Carnegie Medal

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. The medal was awarded for the first time in 1991, with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The annual award is given to the video's producer by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, through a Carnegie endowment.

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) may be best-remembered by his establishment of free public libraries meant to make available to everyone a means of self-education.


Drum Dream Girl by Ryan Swenar

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

Alex Awards

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Stonewall Children's And Young Adult Literature Award, 2017

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



Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


When the Moon Was Low by Anna-Marie McLemore

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Pride by Robin Stevenson

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, 2017


Cry Heart But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved


Over the Ocean by Gomi Taro

As Time Went By by Jose Sanabria

Ballad of a Broken Nose by Arne Svingen

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 & 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.

May Hill Arbuthnot (1884-1969) was born in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1922, receiving her master's degree in 1924 from Columbia University. Along with educator William Scott Gray, she created and wrote the Curriculum Foundation Readers— better known as the "Dick and Jane" series—for children published by Scott, Foresman and Company (now Pearson Scott Foresman).


Naomi Shahib Nye

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. 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.


Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes is a poet and award-winning author of more than 45 books for children and adults.

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.

The annual award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.


Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is an American young-adult fiction author and editor.