Awards (Books & Media)

Erin Entrada Kelly, Matthew Cordell win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

DENVER — Erin Entrada Kelly, author of “Hello, Universe” and Matthew Cordell, illustrator of “Wolf in the Snow” are the 2018 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes win Geisel Award for 'Charlie & Mouse'

DENVER — Author Laurel Snyder and illustrator Emily Hughes are the 2018 recipients of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Charlie & Mouse,” published by Chronicle Books. 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 Feb. 9–13, in Denver.

Jacqueline Woodson wins 2018 Wilder Award

DENVER Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Her numerous works include “Brown Girl Dreaming” and “After Tupac & D Foster.”

Larry Dane Brimner wins 2018 Sibert Medal

DENVER — Larry Dane Brimner, author of “Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961,” was named the winner of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2017. 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 Feb. 9 - 13, in Denver.

2018 Batchelder Award honors Delacorte Press for 'The Murderer’s Ape'

Denver — Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, is the winner of the 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “The Murderer’s Ape.” 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 Feb. 9–13, in Denver.

Debbie Reese to deliver 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

DENVER — 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. 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 Feb. 9–13, in Denver, Colorado.

Juana Martinez-Neal, Ruth Behar win Pura Belpré Awards

DENVER —Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrator of “La Princesa and the Pea,” and Ruth Behar, author of “Lucky Broken Girl,” are the 2018 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino/a authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino/a cultural experience in children’s books.

HarperAudio wins 2018 Odyssey Award for 'The Hate U Give'

DENVER — HarperAudio, producer of the audiobook, “The Hate U Give,” has won the 2018 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Feb. 9–13, in Denver.

‘We Are Okay’ wins 2018 Printz Award

DENVER — “We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, has won the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Feb. 9–13, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

'Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers' wins 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

DENVER — “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” written by Deborah Heiligman and published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has been named the 2018 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens. The award was presented today by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Feb 9–13, in Denver, Colorado.