2018 ALSC Book & Media Award Winners

John Newbery Medal

“Hello, Universe,” written by Erin Entrada Kelly, and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Newbery Honor Books

  • “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, and published by Bolden, an Agate imprint, a Denene Millner Book.
  • “Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds, published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book.
  • “Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

“Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

Caldecott Honor Books

  • “Big Cat, little cat,” illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
  • “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book
  • “A Different Pond,” illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi, and published by Capstone Young Readers, a Capstone imprint.  
  • “Grand Canyon,” illustrated and written by Jason Chin, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.   

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Jacqueline Woodson - The author of more than two dozen books for children and young adults, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2015 and is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her award-winning works include “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which won the 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2015 Newbery and Sibert Honors, and the 2014 National Book Award; and “Show Way,” recipient of the 2006 Newbery Honor Award. 

2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Blogger and educator Debbie Reese, PhD, founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog, will deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, for “The Murderer’s Ape,” written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves. 

Batchelder Honor Books

  • Charlesbridge for “Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education,” written by Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty, and translated from the French by Julie Cormier
  • Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, for “When a Wolf Is Hungry,” written by Christine Naumann-Villemin, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo and translated from the French 
  • Elsewhere Editions for “You Can’t Be Too Careful!” written and illustrated by Roger Mello, and translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

Pura Belpre (Author) Award

"Lucky Broken Girl,” written by Ruth Behar and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

Belpre (Author) Honor Book

  • "The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora,” written by Pablo Cartaya and published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC 
  • “The First Rule of Punk," written by Celia C. Pérez and published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award

“La Princesa and the Pea,” illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya, and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

Belpre (Illustrator) Honor Books

  • "All Around Us,” illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena González, published by Cinco Puntos Press 
  • "Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos,” illustrated by John Parra, written by Monica Brown, and published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., an imprint of NordSüd Verlag AG

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

“Charlie & Mouse,” written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes, and published by Chronicle Books

Geisel Honor Books

  • “I See a Cat,” written & illustrated by Paul Meisel, and published by Holiday House
  • “King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats,” written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers, and published by Peachtree Publishers 
  • “My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories,” written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, and published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books 
  • “Noodleheads See the Future,” written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold, and published by Holiday House
  • "Snail & Worm Again,” written & illustrated by Tina Kügler and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 

Odyssey Award

“The Hate U Give,” produced by HarperAudio, written by Angie Thomas, and narrated by Bahni Turpin

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

  • “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Philip Pullman, and narrated by Michael Sheen
  • “A Boy Called Christmas,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Matt Haig, and narrated by Stephen Fry
  • "Long Way Down," produced by Simon & Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Jason Reynolds
  • “Trombone Shorty,” produced by Live Oak Media, written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and narrated by Dion Graham
  • "The Wizards of Once,” produced by Hachette Audio, written by Cressida Cowell, and narrated by David Tennant

Robert F. Sibert Medal

"Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961," written by Larry Dane Brimner, and published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights 

Sibert Honor Books

  • "Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix," written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One, and published by Readers to Eaters Books
  • "Grand Canyon," written & illustrated by Jason Chin, A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press
  • "Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability," written by Shane Burcaw, illustrated by Matt Carr, and published by Roaring Brook Press
  • "Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem," written by Patricia Newman, and published by Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.