2019 Children's Book Award Winners

Seira Wilson on January 28, 2019
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PoetX_225.jpgToday we learned which books were selected for the top awards honoring children's and young adult books published last year.  The American Library Association awards were announced here in Seattle, which is always fun, and over the past month or so I've been doing a lot of guessing as to what titles would take home the prizes this year. 

My predictions may not have been totally accurate, but the books chosen for 2019 are really fantastic and I couldn't be more thrilled for these authors and illustrators. The Poet X which won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (and was one of our Best of the Year picks) took home two more wins this morning: the Printz medal for Young Adult Literature and a Pura Belpré medal for Latino literature.

Below are a handful of the top ALA awards, including the Randolph Caldecott medal, the oldest and certainly one of the most prestigious awards, given for children's book illustration.  This year's winner is one of my personal favorites, Sophie Blackall's illustrations are absolutely stunning.

You'll find these and other children's book awards here.


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2019 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book

*Winner*: Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Four Honor books were chosen this year, including A Big Mooncake for Little Star written and illustrated by Grace Lin.

See the full Randolph Caldecott list


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2019 John Newbery Medal for Best Children's Book

*Winner*: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

There are also two honor books chosen this year, including The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

>See the full Newbery Medal list


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2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Beginning Readers

*Winner*: Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor

There are also four honor books this year including Fox & Chick: The Party: and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier.

>See the full Theodor Seuss Geisel Award list


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2019 Coretta Scott King Awards

*Winner for Text*: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

*Winner for Illustration*: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

There are three honor books chosen for illustration this year, and three honor books for text.

>See the full Coretta Scott King Awards list


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2019 Pura Belpré Medal for Latino Literature

*Winner for Illustration*: Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

*Winner for Text*: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

There are also two honor books for illustration and one honor book for text chosen this year.

>See the full Pura Belpré Medal list


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