Association for Library Service to Children

Meg Medina, Sophie Blackall win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

SEATTLE  — Meg Medina, author of “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” and Sophie Blackall, illustrator of “Hello Lighthouse,” are the 2019 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Walter Dean Myers wins 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

SEATTLE – Walter Dean Myers is the winner of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff” (Viking, 1975) and “Monster” (HarperCollins, 1999).

PBS Kids wins inaugural Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science

SEATTLE– PBS Kids is the 2019 recipient of the first Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

Corey R. Tabor wins Geisel Award for “Fox the Tiger”

SEATTLE– Author and illustrator Corey R. Tabor is the 2019 recipient of the Award for “Fox the Tiger,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington. 

Yuyi Morales, Elizabeth Acevedo win Pura Belpré Awards

SEATTLE – Yuyi Morales, illustrator of “Dreamers,” and Elizabeth Acevedo, author of “The Poet X,” are the 2019 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latinx authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

Joyce Sidman wins 2019 Sibert Medal

seattle – Joyce Sidman, author of “The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science,” was named the winner of the 2019 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2018. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners

SEATTLE  — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

2019 Batchelder Award honors Thames & Hudson for “The Fox on the Swing”

Seattle– Thames & Hudson, Inc. is the winner of the 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “The Fox on the Swing.” The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

Neil Gaiman to deliver 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

SEATTLE – Neil Gaiman will deliver the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

M.T. Anderson wins 2019 Edwards Award for “Feed,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves”

SEATTLE - M.T. Anderson is the recipient of the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Feed;” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party;” and “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves” all published by Candlewick Press. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the award today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan.