Annual Children's Book Awards
This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Caldecott Medal. Named for nineteenth-century English children's book illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, this award is given "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
Medal Winner: More by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies
Honor Books: Chloe by Peter McCarty and The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barbara Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
"The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. The winners must demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King."
Author Award Winner: It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Illustrator Award Winner: Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Illustrator Honor: I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson
"The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually 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." The Pura Belpré award is named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.
Author Award Winner: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
Author Honor: Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Illustrator Award Winner: Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz
Illustrator Honor Winner: The Poet Upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer, illustrated by Oscar Ortiz
John Newbery, eighteenth-century British bookseller, is the namesake of the Newbery Medal, an award given "to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Medal Winner: Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Honor Book: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
We’ll find out how close our selections were to the official winners on Monday morning! You can follow the results in real-time by logging on to the ALA Youth Media Awards Facebook page, or via Twitter by following hashtag #ALAyma.