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2018-2019 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

MerciThe start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2019 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged about over the course of 2018 that have won awards and honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

The following awards are included in this post:

  • 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
  • 2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Book Awards
  • 2018 Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books
  • 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

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.


2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

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

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John Newbery Medal winner
Written by Meg Medina
Published by Candlewick Press

The Night Diary
John Newbery Medal Honor Book
Written by Veera Hiranandani
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

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

Alma
Randolph Caldecott Honor book
Written and Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Published by Candlewick Press

Dreamers

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner
Written and Illustrated by Yuji Morales
Published by Neal Porter Books

Islandborn

Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor book
Illustrated by Leo Espinosa; Written by Junot Díaz
Published by Dial Books

2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards

Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children
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Charlotte Huck Honor Book
Written by Meg Medina
Published by Candlewick Press

 

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Between the Lines
Orbis Pictus Award Winner
Written by Sandra Neil Wallace; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Children

 

Nothing Stopped Sophie
Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Written by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2018 CLA Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts

La Princesa and the Pea

La Princesa and the Pea

Written by Susan Middleton Middleton Elya; Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LovingVsVirginacover

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Written by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Published by Chronicle Books

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Written by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth; Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Published by Candlewick Press


2019 Notable Books for a Global Society

Counting on Katherine

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Written by Helaine Becker; Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Published by Christy Ottaviano Books

Love

Love

Written by Matt de la Peña; Illustrated by Loren Long

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Alma

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Written and Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by Candlewick Press

La Frontera

La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá/My Journey with Papa

Written by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva; Illustrated by Claudia Navarro

Published by Barefoot Books

Dreamers

Dreamers

Written and Illustrated by Yuji Morales

Published by Neal Porter Books


 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Written by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

John Ronald's Dragons

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

Written by Caroline McAlister; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Fault Lines

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect us Today

Written by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

Published by Peachtree Publishers

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Written and Illustrated by Jason Chin

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Chef Roy

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee

Illustrated by Man One

Published by Readers to Eaters

LovingVsVirginacover

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Written by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Published by Chronicle Books

The Way to Bea Final Cover

The Way to Bea

Written by Kat Yeh

Published by Little, Brown

Windows

Windows

Written by Julia Denos; Illustrated by E.B. Goodale

Published by Candlewick Press

Bronze and Sunflower Cover

Bronze and Sunflower

Written by Cao Wenxuan; Translated by Helen Wang; Illustrated by Meilo So

Published by Candlewick Press

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.