2018 Youth Media Awards

2018 Youth Media Awards

The 2018 Youth Media Awards were announced February 12 during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. Read about the winning and honored books below:

John Newbery Medal

John Newbery Medal Winners and Honorees

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. In 1922, the Newbery Medal became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly


2018 Winner
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well, and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. Read a review by a CRRL Librarian for Hello, Universe here.



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The Caldecott Medal


Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners and Honorees

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Wolf in the Sow by Matthew Cordell

2018 Winner

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm, they must find their way home.



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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honorees

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, established in 2004, is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader book for children in the preceding year.

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes


2018 Winner

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.


 

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Pura Belpré Award Winners and Honorees

The Pura Belpré awards, established in 1996, 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. They are co-sponsored by the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA).

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
2018 Author Award Winner

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger, and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.
 

Author Award Honor Books

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


2018 Illustrator Award Winner

La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal; by Susan Middleton
A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and includes a glossary.

 

Illustrator Award Honor Books


Coretta Scott King Award
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners and Honorees

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. 

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson


2018 Author Award Winner

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

 

Author Award Honor Books

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Kwame Alexander


2018 Illustrator Award Winner

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; by Kwame Alexander
Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.




Illustrator Award Honor Books


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

 

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Winners and Honorees

The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.

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

2018 Winner

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner
For twelve history-making days in May 1961, thirteen black and white civil rights activists, also known as the Freedom Riders, traveled by bus into the South to draw attention to the unconstitutional segregation still taking place. Despite their peaceful protests, the Freedom Riders were met with increasing violence the further south they traveled.



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The Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award Winners and Honorees

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

​We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


2018 Winner

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.



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Stonewall Book Award

Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Winners and 
Honorees

The Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.
 

​The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater2018 Winners
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
 

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert


Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons.




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