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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2021 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.
When You Trap a Tiger
by Tae Keller
2021 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.
We Are Water Protectors
Illustrated by Michaela Goade
2021 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.
2021 Coretta Scott King Author Award
Before the Ever After
by Jacqueline Woodson
2021 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
2021 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.
2021 Pura Belpré Author Award
by Ernesto Cisneros
2021 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat
Illustrated by Raúl the Third