January 28, 2020
On Monday, January 27, 2020, the American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards. These outstanding materials are selected by committees of librarians and other literature or media experts. They are meant to guide parents, librarians and educators towards quality works for children.
Some of the Youth Media Awards you may recognize: the John Newbery Medal, which recognizes the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children; the Caldecott Award, which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children; and the Printz Award, which is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for young adults. Other notable awards include the Coretta Scott King Awards, the Pura Belpré Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and the Stonewall Award.
This year’s Caledcott Medal went to The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The Undefeated also received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award which recognizes African-American illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.
This year’s Newbery Medal went to New Kid by Jerry Craft. New Kid also won the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award which recognizes African-American authors of outstanding books for children and young adults.
The Printz Award went to Dig by A.S. King.
This year’s Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, which recognizes a Latino illustrator who best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience went to Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln. The Pura Belpré Author Award, which recognizes a Latino author who best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience went to Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award which recognizes the most distinguished informational book for children went to Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard.
The Stonewall Book Award which recognizes books of exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQ+ experience went to When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff.
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book went to Stop! Bot! written and illustrated by James Yang.
The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, which promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage, went to Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom.
The American Indian Youth Literature award is announced in even years and honors the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. The winner was Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child.
For a full list of award and honor titles, visit https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/2020-youth-media-award-winners/.
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