And the Award Goes To....

This is the season for awards. The Grammys, the Oscars, but most thrilling of all, the ALA YMAs. What is that you ask? They are American Library Association Youth Media Awards, and they were announced this past Monday.

The oldest of these awards are the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

I am always excited to learn who wins the Coretta Scott King, Robert F. Sibert and Theodor Geisel awards, too.

The 2017 Newbery winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. Is about Luna, whose magical abilities are emerging, who was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner and also the winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.   The book presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash.


The 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African-American creator of children’s books.  This year’s winner is Nicola Yoon for “The Sun Is Also a Star”.  Is about Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

The complete list of winners and honorees is available here. Take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.


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Angela Pilkington's links are INCORRECT for the ASLC pages for the Caldecott, Newbery, C.S, King, etc awards. Her links take you to 2016 and previous lists. I had to search on my own to get the correct page and list of books for 2017. It's 2017 we want to know!

Hi, Anne,
Thanks for replying. I am sorry I think my layout was confusing, but when we tested the links, they all went to the correct pages.
I mentioned the 2017 winners in my blog, starting in the 4th paragraph, and I link the winners to our card catalog.
The very first link will take you to the video of the 2017 Awards ceremony, even though the YMA's page still says 2016, the 2017 link is there. The first links in the second paragraph where I mentioned the Newbery and Caldecott Awards were meant to give background on the awards. At the very end of the piece I have a link to all of the winners and honors.
I apologize again for the confusion. If you still get the 2016 winners, let me know and I will go in and redo them.

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