I’ve come to realize that getting a book published and to market is an award unto itself. To be honored for that accomplished is an amazing thing. I want to congratulate all the winners announced today at the ALA Youth Media Awards event and I want to particularly recognize marginalized authors for their honors.
Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature in 2016
Matt de la Peńa for Last Stop on Market Street.
Newbery Honor Books
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Caldecott Honor Books for the most distinguished picture books
Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier and words by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press.
Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Edwards Award honors significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.
Coretta Scott King Awards honors 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. The annual award is presented by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the American Library Association.
Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award
Trombone Shorty by Bryan Collier
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peńa
Coretta Scott King Author Book Award
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
The Boy in the Black Site by Jason Reynolds
X: A Novel by Kekla Magoon
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
Hoodoo by Roland L. Smith
Corette Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Robert R. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children.
Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.
Author Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Her selection recognizes a career contribution to children’s literature. At the same time, the lecturer “shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature”, to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries.
Pura Belpé honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The awards are administered by the ALSC and REFORMA.
Rafael López, illustrator of The Drum Dream Girl
Margarita Engle, author of Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Honor Books for Illustration
My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford.
Mango, Abuela, and Me illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina.
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Honor Books for Narrative
The Smoking Mirror written by David Bowles
Mango, Abuela, and Me written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Stonewall Awards honors books for exceptional merit relaing to the Gay/lesbian/transgender experience.
George by Alex Gino
The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg
Alex Awards recognizes adult books with special appeal to teen readers.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Undocumented”: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Click here for a complete list of winners.