2020 Youth Media Award Winners

The anticipation is over and we’re so excited to announce the winners of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards 2020! Every year, the ALA honors authors and creators of various media outlets for children and teens. These awards are not only given as a way to celebrate creativity and originality of the creators, they’re also a way for librarians, educators, and parents to know what quality media is available for their patrons, students, and children.

To check the availability of these titles or to place a hold on a title, please click on the links below.

And the winners are…

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: New Kid, written by Jerry Craft

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Book Awards recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book AwardNew Kid, written by Jerry Craft

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author AwardGenesis Begins Again, written by Alicia D. Williams

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator AwardWhat Is Given from the Heart, illustrated by April Harrison

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime AchievementMildred D. Taylor

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: Dig, written by A. S. King

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Schneider Family Book Award Children Ages 0-10: Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, written by Sonia Sotomayor

Schneider Family Book Award Children Ages 11-13: Song for a Whale, written by Lynne Kelly

Schneider Family Book Award Children Ages 13-18: Cursed, written by Karol Ruth Silverstein

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  1. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, by C. A. Fletcher
  2. Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
  3. Dominicana, by Angie Cruz
  4. Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe
  5. High School, by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin
  6. In Waves, by AJ Dungo
  7. Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire
  8. The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
  9. Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
  10. The Swallows, by Lisa Lutz

For a full and complete list of all award winners, visit the American Libraries Website here

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