Today 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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
Looking for more? You might also like:
- Other posts on kids and young adult books
- Amazon Editors' Best Children's Books of 2019
- Best Books of the Month for Kids
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