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Children's Shelf: ALA 2021 Youth Media Awards

Recommended titles for kids, from babies to tweens!

Youth Media Awards 2021

John Newbery Medal

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

Five Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Michael L. Printz Award

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Schneider Family Book Award for young children (ages 0 to 10):

Two honor books for young children were selected:

Schneider Family Book Award for middle grades (ages 11 to 13):

Two honor books for middle grades were selected:

Schneider Family Book Award for middle grades (ages 13 to 18):

Robert F. Sibert Award

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Three Sibert Honor Books were named:

Stonewall Book Award

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Four Honor Books were selected:

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

Picture Book winner:

Picture Book honor title:

Children’s Literature winner:

Children’s Literature honor title:

Youth Literature winner:

Youth Literature honor title:

Randolph Caldecott Medal

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

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:

Three King Author Honor Books were selected:

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Pura Belpré Awards

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Belpré Illustrator Award winner:

One Belpré Illustrator Honor Book was named:

Belpré Children’s Author Award winner:

Two Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books were named:

Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner.

Two Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Books were named: 

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Four Geisel Honor Books were named:

William C. Morris Award

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

Four other books were finalists for the award:

Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Picture Book Category

Gold Medalist:

Silver Medalists:

Middle Grades Category

Gold Medalist:

Silver Medalists:

Young Adult Category

Gold Medalist:

Silver Medalist:

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