Find out about the annual winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and Pura Belpré Illustrator Award — as well as other children's book awards from the American Library Association and other literacy organizations. Many organizations end the year with a "best of" list of children's books. Here are links to the awards and lists that we like, including selections from the Children's Book Council, School Library Journal, Horn Book, Parent's Choice, The New York Times, and many more.
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2019 Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. One or more Honor books are recognized each year as well.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears
by Meg Medina
2019 Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished American picture book for children. One or more Honor books are recognized each year as well.
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
2019 Coretta Scott King Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are awarded annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. One or more Honor books are recognized each year as well.
2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
By Claire Hartfield
2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
The Stuff of Stars
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
2019 Pura Belpré Awards
The Pura Belpré is awarded annually by the American Library Association honoring a Latino writer illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. One or more Honor books are recognized each year as well.
2019 Pura Belpré Author Award
The Poet X
By Elizabeth Acevedo
2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
Illustrated by Yuji Morales