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2018 Youth Media Awards

This past week, the American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. Congratulations video created by BooklistOnline.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: “Hello, Universe” written by Erin Entrada Kelly.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults: “Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson. “Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Award winner.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award to affirm new talent: “The Stars Beneath Our Feet,” written by David Barclay Moore. “Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song,” illustrated by Charly Palmer, is the Steptoe Illustrator Award winner.

Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Eloise Greenfield. Early in life, Eloise Greenfield discovered a love of reading and writing and realized there were few books that showed the fullness of African American life. She published her first book in 1972 and went on to write and publish more than 40 books, including the “The Great Migration.”

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

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 2018 winner is Jacqueline Woodson, whose award-winning works include “Brown Girl Dreaming,” “After Tupac & D Foster,” “Locomotion” and “Show Way.”

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: The 2018 winner is Angela Johnson. Her books include “Heaven,” “The First Part Last” “Sweet, Hereafter,” and “Bird.”

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: “The Murderer’s Ape.” Originally published in Sweden as “Mördarens Apa,” the book was written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated from Swedish by Peter Graves.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: “The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin.

Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “La Princesa and the Pea,” illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya. “Lucky Broken Girl,” written by Ruth Behar, is the Pura Belpré Author Award winner.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961,” written by Larry Dane Brimner.

Stonewall Book AwardMike 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: “Little & Lion,” written by Brandy Colbert, and “The 57 Bus,” written by Dashka Slater.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers is “Charlie & Mouse,” written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes. T

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: “The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman.


For all winners, and Honor Books, please visit


2018 Youth Media Awards winners of Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.