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 1970-2018

Coretta Scott King Medal Winners Poster 1970-2018

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, 2018

Author: Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Illustrator: Mama Africa! How Miram Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song by Kathryn Erskine and Charly Palmer

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Eloise Greenfield

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, 2018

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, 2018

Illustrator Award


La Princesa and the Pea written and illustrated by Susan Middleton Elya and Juana Martinez-Neal


All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana M. Garcia

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown and John Parra

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, 2018


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Strange the Dreamer by Taylor Laini

Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

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, 2018


Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner


Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Not So Different by Shane Burcaw

Sea Otter Heroes by Patricia Newman

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, 2018


Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say


Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green


You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

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, 2018


Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes


I See a Cat by Paul Meisel

King and Kayla and the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler

My Kite is Stuck by Salina Yoon

Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss

Snail and Worm Again by Tina Kugler

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

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, 2018


Murder's Ape by Jakob Wegelius


Malala: Activist for Girls' Education by Raphaele Fier

When a Wolf is Hungry by Christine Naumann-Villeman

You Can't be too Careful by Roger Mello

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.


Jacqueline Woodson

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.


Angela Johnson

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.

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).


Debbie Reese