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2018 Youth Media Award Winners

March 28, 2018

"Hello Universe" book cover

Last month, the American Library Association announced its 2018 Youth Media Award Winners! These titles are considered to be the best current books for children, tweens and teens in literature. Take a look at this year's winners (and some of the runners-up) and see which ones appeal to you most.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Crown, and Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to Wolf in the Snow, written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Big Cat, Little Catwritten and illustrated by Elisha Cooper; Crown, and Ode to the Fresh Cut, written and illustrated by Derrick Barnes; A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui; and Grand Canyon, written and illustrated by Jason Chin.

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was awarded to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Four Printz Honor Books also were named: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman. 

The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults was awarded to Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. Three King Author Honor Books were selected: Crown, and Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Pura Belpré Award honors a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. The author award was given to Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya and The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez are the two Belpré Author Honor Books. 

The Pura Belpré illustrator award was awarded to La Princesa and the Peaillustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal and written by Susan Middleton Elya. Two honor books were awarded: All Around Us, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia and written by Xelena González; and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, illustrated by John Parra and written by Monica Brown.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book was awarded to Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder. Five Geisel Honor Books were named: I See a Cat by Paul Meisel; King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler; My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories by Salina Yoon; Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss;and Snail & Worm Again by Tina Kügler.

Marathon County Public Library owns copies of ALL of the major winners and runners-up, so feel free to click the links for each title below and place a hold on these titles today! For a full list of all award winners, visit the ALA website.


This John Newbery Medal winner follows the lives of four misfits who become intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well, causing Valencia, Kaori, and Gen to band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.


When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home in this Randolph Caldecott Medal winner.


In this Michael L. Printz Award-winning book for for excellence in literature for young adults, a young woman named Marin who just left for college must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.


Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls in this Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner.


In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast in this Pura Belpré Author Award-winning book.


This lassic fairy tale, in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. incorporates Spanish words and is the winner of the Pura Belpré Author Illustrator Award.


Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks in this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.

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