2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books at Your Library

Last week, The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced at the ALA-Midwinter meeting in Seattle. We put together a list with links to our catalog for easy access to these winning and critically-acclaimed titles with your library card!

Love children and young adult books? Know young people, educators, parents, and caregivers who would appreciate a good read for themselves or those they care for?

Here's the list of the 2019 ALA Youth Media award-winners and finalists for your reading pleasure:


Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature


Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina



Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children


Hello Lighthouse book cover

Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall



Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

CSK Author Winner:

A Few Red Drops book cover

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, by Claire Hartfield

CSK Author Honor:


CSK Illustrator Winner:

Stuff of Stars book cover

The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

CSK Illustrator Honor:


CSK/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Monday's Not Coming book cover

Monday’s Not Coming, written by Tiffany D. Jackson

CSK/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:

Thank You, Omu! book cover

Thank You, Omu!, illustrated and written by Oge Mora

Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults


The Poet X book cover

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo




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

Winner, Young Children:

Rescue & Jessica book cover

Rescue & Jessica A Life-Changing Friendship, by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Honor, Young Children:

Winner, Middle Grade:

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle book cover

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, by Leslie Connor

Honor, Middle Grade:

Winner, Teens:

Anger is a Gift book cover

Anger Is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro

Honor, Teens:

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



Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States


The Fox on the Swing book cover

The Fox on the Swing, originally published in Lithuanian as Laime Yra Lape, by Evelina Daciūtė




Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults


Sadie book cover

Sadie, by Courtney Summers




Belpré Awards honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Illustrator Winner:

Dreamers book cover

Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales

Illustrator Honor:

Author Winner:

The Poet X book cover

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Author Honor:



Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies book cover

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman




Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQ experience


Julian is a Mermaid book cover

Julián Is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love

Hurricane Child book cover
Hurricane Child, by Kheryn Callender




Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book


Fox the Tiger book cover

Fox the Tiger, by Corey R. Tabor




Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens


Darius the Great Is Not Okay book cover

Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram




YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


The Unwanted book cover

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees, by Don Brown




Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Picture Book Winner:

Drawn Together book cover

Drawn Together, by Minh Lê

Picture Book Honor:


Children’s Literature Winner:

Front  Desk book cover

Front Desk, by Kelly Yang

Children’s Literature Honor:


Young Adult Literature Winner

Darius the Great Is Not Okay book cover

Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram

Young Adult Literature Honor:



The Sydney Taylor Book Award to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience

Younger Readers Winner:

All-of-a-Kind Family Hannukah

All-of-a-Kind-Family Hanukkah,by Emily Jenkins

Younger Readers Honor:


Older Readers Winner:

Sweep book cover

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, by Jonathan Auxier

Older Readers Honor:


Teen Readers Winner:

What the Night Sings book cover

What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper

Teen Readers Honor:


Happy reading! Let us know your favorite titles on this list!



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