American Library Association announces its 2019 Youth Media Awards!

Caldecott! Newbery!! Geisel!! OH MY! We are so excited about the 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards that were announced this week! It’s like the Oscars of children’s literature, with incredible books in all genres celebrated. Just like the Academy Awards (and Emmys, and Golden Globes, and Grammys), some years you are thrilled with the awards, and some years you simply are not. But this year? This year was an OUTSTANDING YEAR! I watched the awards from my desk, furiously messaging with my kid lit friends, and I literally screamed with delight at so many of the announcements. Though many, many books that touched our hearts were not award winners, SO MANY BOOKS WE LOVED this year have authors and illustrators who are jumping for joy tonight, their lives changed forever. We are so excited!

Here is an list of some of the major awards (with a link to the complete list on the ALA website at the bottom), together with affiliate links, links to our blog reviews and any Happily Ever Elephants’ Lists on which the award winners may appear!

Without further ado, here are the winners!!!!

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

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WINNER: Mercy Suarez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina. I realized this afternoon that this one has been sitting on my desk for months - cannot WAIT to read it!

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HONOR: The Night Diary, by Veera Hirandandani. The Night Diary was on our Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2018 list!

The Book of Boy Newbery Honor Best Chapter Books for kids

HONOR: The Book of Boy, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Ordered 2 copies today - one for me and one for our school library!


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for Children

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WINNER: Hello Lighthouse, by Sophie Blackall. A stunner!

Alma and How She Got Her Name Caldecott Honor Best Picture Books for Kids

HONOR: Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Check out our review here! This book made our Favorite Picture Books of 2018 list!

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HONOR: A Big Mooncake for Little Star, by Grace Lin. This book made our list of Favorite Bedtime Books!

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HONOR: The Rough Patch, by Brian Lies. We LOVE this one but haven’t yet reviewed it - it will be on an upcoming list for awesome books about life transitions.

Thank You, Omu! Caldecott Honor Best Picture Books for Kids

HONOR: Thank You, Omu!, by Oge Mora. Check out our review here! This book also made our Favorite Picture Books of 2018 list, and our list of Favorite Books About Gratitude!

ALA Award Winning Books including Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Geisel and more

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

This award is given to the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Fox the Tiger Geisel Award Winner best books for beginning readers

WINNER: Fox the Tiger, by Corey R. Tabor.

The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap Geisel Honor best book for beginning reader

HONOR: The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap, by David Milgrim.

Fox and Chick Geisel Honor Best book for beginning reader

HONOR: Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories, by Sergio Ruzzier.

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth Best book for beginning reader

HONOR: King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth, by Dori Hillestad Butler and illustrated by Nancy Meyers.

TIger vs Nightmare Geisel Honor Best book for beginning reader

HONOR: Tiger vs. Nightmare, by Emily Tetri.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Author

This award recognizes African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

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WINNER (AUTHOR): A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, by Claire Hartfield.

Finding Langston Coretta Scott King Honor

HONOR (AUTHOR): Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

The Parker Inheritance Coretta Scott King Honor Best Chapter Books for Kids

HONOR (AUTHOR): The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson. This book made our Favorite Middle Grade Novels of 2018 list!

The Season of Styx Malone Coretta Scott King Honor Best Chapter Books for Kids

HONOR (AUTHOR): The Season of Styx Malone, by Kekla Magoon.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Illustrator

The Stuff of Stars Coretta Scott King

WINNER (ILLUSTRATOR): The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Marion Dane Bauer.

HIdden Figures Coretta Scott King Honor Book Best Books for Kids

HONOR (ILLUSTRATOR): Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, illustrated by Laura Freeman and written by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book made our list of Favorite Books for Black History Month!

Let the Children March Coretta Scott King Award Best Picture Books for Kids

HONOR (ILLUSTRATOR): Let the Children March, illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Monica Clark-Robinson. This book made our list of Favorite Books for Black History Month!

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HONOR (ILLUSTRATOR): Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Alice Faye Duncan.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

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WINNER (AUTHOR): Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson

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WINNER (ILLUSTRATOR): Thank You, Omu!, by Oge Mara. Check out our review here! This book also made our Favorite Picture Books of 2018 list, and our list of Favorite Books About Gratitude!

Pura Belpre Awards

This award honors Latinx writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Dreamers Yuyi Morales Pura Belpre Award Winner Best Picture Books for Kids

WINNER: Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales. This award made our list of Favorite Picture Books from 2018!

Islandborn Leo Esponosa Pura Belpre Honor Best Picture Books for Kids Latinx

HONOR (ILLUSTRATOR): Islandborn, illustrated by Leo Espinosa and written by Junot Diaz. Check out our review here!

When Angels Sing The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana Pura Belpre Honor

HONOR (ILLUSTRATOR): When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, illustrated by Jose Ramirez and written by Michael Mahin.

Stonewall Book Award

This award is given annual to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love Stonewall Book Award best books about the LGBT experience

WINNER: Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love. This book made our list of Favorite Picture Books for 2018!

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HONOR: Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, by Ashley Herring Blake. Check out our review here! This book made our Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2018 list!

Picture Us in the Light

HONOR: Picture Us in the Light, by Kelly Loy Gilbert.

Sydney Taylor Awards

This award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

All of a Kind Family Hanukkah Sydney Taylor Award Best Book for Younger Readers about the Jewish Experience

WINNER (YOUNGER READERS): All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinskey.

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier, Sydney Taylor Award Winner Best Books for kids about the Jewish experience

WINNER (OLDER READERS): Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster, by Jonathan Auxier. Check out our review here! This made our list of Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2018!

What the Night Sings Vesper Stamper Sydney Taylor Award Best Book for Teens Honoring the Jewish Experience

WINNER (TEEN READERS): What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

This award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat best book promoting Asian Pacific American culture and heritage

WINNER (PICTURE BOOK): Drawn Together, written by Minh Le and illustrated by Dan Santat. This book is part of our Favorite Picture Books of 2018 list!

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WINNER (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CATEGORY): Front Desk, by Kelly Yang. Check out our review here! This book made our Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2018 list.



Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

This award goes to the most distinguished informational book for children.

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HONOR: Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild, by Catherine Thimmesh.

Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America Sibert Honor informational book for kids nonfiction.jpg
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HONOR: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frane Lessac. This book made our list of Favorite Books About Gratitude!

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HONOR: When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, by Michael Mahin and illustrated by Jose Ramirez.


Schneider Family Book Award

This award goes to a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience.

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WINNER (YOUNG CHILDREN): Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes and illustrated by Scott Magoon.

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HONOR (YOUNG CHILDREN): The Remember Balloons, by Jessie Oliveros, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte.

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WINNER (MIDDLE GRADE): The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, by Leslie Connor.

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HONOR (MIDDLE GRADE): The Collectors, by Jacqueline West.

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WINNER (TEENS): Anger is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro.

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HONOR (TEENS): (Don’t) Call me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health, by Kelly Jensen.


Congratulations to all the winners!

For the complete list of awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award, CLICK HERE!

ALA Award winners including Caldecott Newbery Coretta Scott King Pura Belpre Geisel and more