2018 Children's Book Award Winners

Seira Wilson on February 12, 2018

Crown200.jpgThis morning in Denver, Colorado we finally (!!) learned who took home the prize in some of the biggest awards in children's books. Congratulations to all of this year's winning and honored books, they are all outstanding selections.   Like last year, there were a couple of titles that took home multiple honors and wins, including Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, a beautiful picture book celebration of the barbershop and the feeling of royalty bestowed on the boys who leave the chair transformed. 

This particular set of awards, which bestows upon it's recipients a kind of instant status as a classic work of children's literature, is unusual in that there are no lists of finalists, no nominees announcement to speculate over or read against to see which we would vote for.  It's different and pretty cool--I don't know of any major literary prize in the adult world that has the same element of surprise.  So, let's get down to it, shall we? 

Below are a handful of the top awards and the books that the American Library Association committee selected as the winning titles published in 2017 for each award category. Click through each award to see the honored titles and past recipients.

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

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2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book

*Winner*: Wolf in the Snow written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Four Honor books were chosen this year, including Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James.

>See the full Randolph Caldecott list

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2018 John Newbery Medal for Best Children's Book

*Winner*: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

There are also three honor books chosen this year, including Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. 

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2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Beginning Readers

*Winner*: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

There are also five honor books this year including Snail & Worm Again by Tina Kugler.

>See the full Theodor Seuss Geisel Award list

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2018 Coretta Scott King Awards

*Winner for Text*: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

*Winner for Illustration*: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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

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2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Latino Literature

*Winner for Illustration*: La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

*Winner for Text*: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

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

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