2017 Children's Book Award Winners

Seira Wilson on January 23, 2017

RadiantChild200This morning in Atlanta, Georgia the winners of the biggest awards in children's books were announced.  Like last year, there were a couple of titles that took home multiple honors and wins, including Radiant Child, a beautiful picture book biography of the artist Jean Michel Basquiat. 

Today's awards are somewhat unusual in that there are no lists of finalists, so the morning of the announcements is our first and only opportunity to see which children's books the American Library Association deemed the best of those published in 2016 for each award category.

Below are a handful of the top awards and the winning titles, click through each to see the honored titles and past recipients.  You'll find these and other children's book awards here.

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Four Honor books were chosen this year, including  They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel -- see the full list.

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WinnerThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
There are also three honor books this year-- see the full list

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Winner: We Are Growing by Mo Willems and Laurie Keller
There are also four honor books this year-- see the full list

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Winner for Illustration:  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Winner for TextMarch: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
There are three honor books chosen for illustration this year, and two honor books for text-- see the full list

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Winner for IllustrationLowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third
Winner for TextJuana and Lucas by Juana Medina
There are also two honor books for illustration and one honor book for text chosen this year-- see the full list



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