Congratulations to the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award Winners! On February 12, 2018 the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults. If you’re looking for great books to read with your children or on your own, consider adding some of these to your list.
by Erin Entrada Kelly
Winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell
Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for outstanding illustrations by an African American artist.
Charlie & Mouse
by Laurel Snyder
Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
by David Barclay Moore
Winner of the John Steptoe New Talent Award to affirm new talent.
Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine
Winner of the John Steptoe Illustrator Award to affirm new talent.
We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
Silent Days, Silent Dreams
by Allen Say
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
La Princesa and the Pea
by Susan Middleton Elya
Winner of the Pura Belpré Award honoring Latino illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
All Around Us
by Xelena Gonzalez
Another winner of the Pura Belpré Award honoring Latino illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Perez
Winner of the Pura Belpré Award honoring Latino authors whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Winner of the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
Little & Lion
by Brandy Colbert
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award–Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
Vincent and Theo The Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman
Winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
See the complete list of winners and honor books on ALA’s website!
Your turn: How many of these award-winning books have you read? Which ones will you be adding to your TBR list? Feel free to share in the comments.