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Award Winning Books for Children

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2024 Winner

Big

2024 Honor Books

In Every Life

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter

The Truth About Dragons

There Was a Party for Langston

Goldfinch Award

The Goldfinch Award gives children an opportunity to choose the award winning book and to suggest books for the yearly reading list. Books chosen are fiction or nonfiction titles appropriate for children in preschool through 3rd grade.

2024-2025 Nominees

Abdul’s Story

Everywhere With You

Farmhouse

Find Fergus

Gibberish

Hey, Bruce! An Interactive Book

I Am Ruby Bridges

I Am the Storm

Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn

Knight Owl

Ocean! Waves for All

Out of a Jar

Pigeon & Cat

Pizza! a Slice of History

Saturdays Are for Stella

Sprout Branches Out

The Legend of Gravity: a tall basketball tale

There is a Ghost in This House

Iowa Children's Choice Award (ICCA)

The Iowa Children’s Choice Award gives children an opportunity to choose the award winning book and to suggest books for the yearly reading list. Books chosen are fiction or nonfiction titles appropriate for children in 3rd through 6th grade.

2024-2025 Nominees

A Duet for Home

A Rover’s Story

Falling Short

Finally Seen

Home Away from Home

Hummingbird

Lasagna Means I Love You

Lines of Courage

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance

Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy

On Air with Zoe Washington

Over and Out

Playing Through the Turnaround

Singing with Elephants

Swim Team

The Hurricanes of Weakerville

The Midnight Children

Thirst

Wildoak

Newbery Medal

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The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2024 Winner

The Eyes and the Impossible

2024 Honor Books

Eagle Drums

Elf Dog and Owl Head

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

Simon Sort of Says

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams

Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given 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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

2024 Award Winner

Nigeria Jones

2024 Illustrator Award Winner

An American Story

2024 Honor Books

Big

How to Spell Unfair: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee

Kin: Rooted in Hope

2024 Illustrator Honor Books

Big

There Was a Party for Langston

Pura Belpré Award

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

2024 Winner

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

2024 Honor Books

Alebrijes

Aniana Del Mar Jumps In

Papá’s magical water-jug clock

Remembering

Something Like Home

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

2024 Winner

Fox Has a Problem

2024 Honor Books

Henry, Like Always

Worm and Caterpillar are Friends

Award Winning Books for Teens

Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

2024 Winners

Bad Cree

Chain-Gang All-Stars

Chlorine

Fourth Wing

I Will Greet the Sun Again

Maame

Starter Villain

The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage & Triumph

The Talk

Whalefall

American Indian Youth Literature Award

American Indian Library Association - Youth Literature Award

Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity

2024 Winner

Rez Ball

Ojibwe teen Tre works towards his dream of making the high school varsity basketball team and winning the state tournament, all while navigating friendships, romance, and the grief of losing and living in the shadow of his late older brother.

2024 Finalists

Funeral Songs for Dying Girls

Heroes of the Water Monster

Man Made Monsters

Warrior Girl Unearthed

Asian / Pacific American Award for YA

Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature honors and recognizes individual works by Asian/Pacific American authors that highlight Asian/Pacific American cultures and experiences.

2024 Winner

I’d Rather Burn than Bloom

2024 Honor Book

In Limbo

Iowa High School Book Award

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In March, high school students across Iowa take part in the nomination of books for the Iowa High School Book Award. These books are reviewed by the IHSBA committee and teacher librarian volunteer readers and the list is narrowed. During the summer, the readers read and rate the titles. The committee members finalize the list in the fall. The list for the next school year is released in January for the following school year.

2024-2025 Nominees

Any Sign of Life

Black Cake

Hollow Fires

If You Could See the Sun

Letters to a Young Athlete

The Agathas

The Counselors

The Davenports

The Knockout

The Red Palace

The Weight of Blood

Throwback

Iowa Teen Award

In March, teens across Iowa take part in the nomination of books for the Iowa Teen Award. These books are reviewed by the ITA committee and volunteer readers and the list is narrowed. During the summer, the adult readers read and rate the titles. In March, teens also vote for their favorite book from that year’s list.

2024-2025 Nominees

A Thousand Heartbeats

Across the Desert

Attack of the Black Rectangles

Daughter of the Deep

Deepfake

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

Frizzy

Iceberg

Linked

Omar Rising

Other Boys

Out of My Heart

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

The Patron Thief of Bread

What Once Was Mine: A Twisted Tale

Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

2024 Winner

Rez Ball

2024 Finalists

All the Fighting Parts

Once There Was

Saints of the Household

She is a Haunting

Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2024 Winner

The Collectors: Stories

“This collection of 10 expertly crafted—and uniquely weird—short stories for teens highlights that only when we break conventions can we discover our authentic selves,” said Printz Committee Chair Courtney Waters.

2024 Finalists

Fire From the Sky

Gather

Salt the Water

The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: a speculative memoir of transracial adoption

Stonewall Book Award Young Adult

Stonewall Book Award

Given to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender experience.  Stonewall Book Awards is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table.

2024 Winner

Only This Beautiful Moment

Set against the backdrop of Tehran and Los Angeles, this sweeping inter-generational story, examining queer identity at the end of different decades, follows three boys in the same Iranian family as they each gain a new understanding of their history, culture–and themselves.

2024 Finalists

Ander & Santi Were Here

Imogen, Obviously

The Long Run

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

YALSA Nonfiction Award

YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

2024 Winner

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers whose Lives it Changed

When a high school student started a private Instagram account that used racist and sexist memes to make his friends laugh, he thought it was “edgy” humor. Then a few other kids found out about the account and soon, everyone knew. Unfortunately, no one in the small town of Albany, CA was safe from the repercussions of the account’s discovery. In the end, no one was laughing. And everyone was left asking: “where does accountability end for online speech that harms? And what does accountability even mean?

2024 Finalists

America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History

Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam

From Here

Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself

YALSA Teen Top Ten

TALSA Teens' Top Ten

Vote for the 2023 Teen Top Ten!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are announced the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen vote online between August 15 and October 15; the winners are announced during October (TeenTober).

2023 Winners

All My Rage

Five Survive

Gallant

Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

I Must Betray You

Icebreaker

Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Nothing More to Tell

Some Mistakes Were Made

The Rumor Game

2023 Nominees

A Million Quiet Revolutions

Alone Out Here

Blackwater

Crumbs

Dig Two Graves

Don’t look back : a memoir of war, survival, and my journey from Sudan to America

Gleanings: Stories from Arc of a Scythe

Gold Mountain

Lakelore

Lia and Beckett’s Abracadabra

Lightlark