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2019-2020 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

Each year, the announcement of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards gives us occasion to celebrate the many awards in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Below you will find links to the 2020 ALA award-winning, honor books, and authors that we blogged about, as well as links to other books we blogged about in the past that have won some of the most prestigious awards and honors in the field for 2020.

The following awards are included in this post:

  • 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
  • 2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Book Awards
  • 2020 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books

We invite you to explore our previously written blog entries for these winners and honor books. In the coming weeks, we will select a few more titles from the list of ALA winners and post blog entries to support you as you teach with these titles.

2020 ALA Youth Media Awards

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

Newbery Medal Winner
New Kid
Written by Jerry Craft
Published by HarperCollins Children’s
Newbery Honor Award
The Undefeated
Written by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson;
Published by Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Caldecott Medal Award
The Undefeated
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; written by Kwame Alexander
Published by Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
The Undefeated
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; written by Kwame Alexander
Published by Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Coretta Scott King Author Award
New Kid
Written by Jerry Craft
Published by HarperCollins Children’s

Pura Belpré Award for outstanding work of literature for children and youth by a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latinx cultural experience

Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
Written by Isabel Quintero and Illustrated by Zeke Pena
Published in 2019 by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House

American Indian Youth Literature Award for the very best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

American Indian Youth Literature Middle School Award
Indian No More
Written by Charlene Willing McManis, with Traci Sorell 
Published by Tu Books, Lee and Low Books
American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Award
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
Published by Beacon Press

Children’s Literature Legacy Award for an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books.

Legacy Award Winner: Kevin Henkes

Waiting
2016 Caldecott Honor Winner
2016 Geisel Honor Winner
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Published by Greenwillow Books
Junonia
Written by Kevin Henkes
Published by Greenwillow Books
Little White Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Published by Greenwillow Books

Margaret A. Edwards Award for an author’s significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

Edwards Award winner: Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Written by Steve Sheinkin
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Bomb: The Race to Build –and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Written by Steve Sheinkin
Published by Roaring Brook Press
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery
Written by Stephen Sheinkin
Published by Flashpoint/Roaring Brook Press

2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards

Charlotte Huck Honor Award
New Kid
Written by Jerry Craft
Published by HarperCollins Children’s

2020 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

Moth: An Evolution Story
Written by Isabel Thomas; illustrated by Daniel Egnéus
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Grace Enriquez About Grace Enriquez

Grace is an associate professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former English Language Arts teacher, reading specialist, and literacy consultant, she teaches and writes about children’s literature, critical literacies, and literacies and embodiment. Grace is co-author of The Reading Turn-Around and co-editor of Literacies, Learning, and the Body.

Comments

  1. Hey Grace, that’s a great post about the book award post. Thanks to the American Library Association (ALA) for these awards, I will also share the same at AUSD to support it. Thank you so much for sharing such an update. Cheers!!!

    • Grace Enriquez Grace Enriquez says:

      Thank you for sharing these titles with your colleagues and students! Let us know if you try out any of the teaching ideas and invitations!