September 16, 2021

ALA Announces Recipients of 2017 Newberry, Caldecott, King, Printz and Other Youth Media Awards

From the American Library Association:

Complete List of All Award Winners. Additional details can be accessed in this ALA announcement.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
“The Sun Is Also a Star,” written by Nicola Yoon.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“The Queen of Blood,” by Sarah Beth Durst
“The Regional Office is Under Attack!” by Manuel Gonzales,
“In the Country We Love: My Family Divided,” by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
“Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” by Hannah Hart
“Arena,” by Holly Jennings
“Every Heart a Doorway,” by Seanan McGuire
“Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure,” by Ryan North
“Die Young with Me: A Memoir,” by Rob Rufus
“The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar” by by Matt Simon
“The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko,” by Scott Stambach

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:
Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, LLC, producer of “Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award 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 2017 winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include “Bronx Masquerade”

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2017 winner is Sarah Dessen. Her books include: “Dreamland,” “Keeping the Moon,” “Just Listen,” “The Truth about Forever,” “Along for the Ride,” “What Happened to Goodbye?” and “This Lullaby”

2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site. Naomi Shihab Nye will deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

“Cry, Heart, But Never Break” is the 2017 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Danish in 2001 as “Græd blot hjerte,” the book was written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop

Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:

“Over the Ocean,” published by Chronicle Books LLC, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman; “As Time Went By,” published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the German by Audrey Hall; and “The Ballad of a Broken Nose,” published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, written by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
“Anna and the Swallow Man,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Groups, is the 2017 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.

Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:

“Ghost” produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard; “Dream On, Amber,” produced by Recorded Books, written by Emma Shevah and narrated by Laura Kirman; and “Nimona,” produced by HarperAudio, written by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu.

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“Lowriders to the Center of the Earth,” illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Cathy Camper.

Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named:

“Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist,” illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge.

“The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

“Juana & Lucas,” written by Juana Medina, is the Pura Belpré Author Award winner. The book is illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Candlewick Press.

One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: “The Only Road,” written by Alexandra Diaz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Four Sibert Honor Books were named:

“Giant Squid,” written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” written by Caren Stelson and published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.; “Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II,” written by Albert Marrin and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC; and “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler,” written by Russell Freedman and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor,” written by Rick Riordan and published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and “If I Was Your Girl” written by Meredith Russo and published by Flatiron Books, are the 2017 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, respectively.

Three Honor Books were selected:

“When the Moon Was Ours,” written by Anna-Marie McLemore and published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press; “Unbecoming,” written by Jenny Downham and published by Scholastic Inc. by arrangement with David Fickling Books; and “Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community,” written by Robin Stevenson and published by Orca Book Publishers.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
“We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book,” written by Laurie Keller. The book is published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Four Geisel Honor Books were named:

“Good Night Owl,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper,” written and illustrated by Mike Twohy and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Go Otto Go!” written and illustrated by David Milgrim and published by Simon Spotlight, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; and “The Infamous Ratsos,” written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers and published by Candlewick Press.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“The Serpent King,” written by Jeff Zentner, is the 2017 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

Girl Mans Up,” written by M-E Girard, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Rani Patel in Full Effect,” written by Sonia Patel, published by Cinco Puntos Press; The Smell of Other People’s Houses,” written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company; and “Tell Me Something Real,” written by Calla Devlin, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Excellence winner. The book is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History,” by Karen Blumenthal and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives,” by Kenneth C. Davis, and published by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune,” written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds and published by Charlesbridge; and “This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration,” written by Linda Barrett Osborne and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

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