The American Library Association announced their 2017 roster of award winners yesterday! I anticipate this list each year, eager to know which books were awarded, but especially eager to see if the awards went to any of my favorite books of the previous year. I'm a huge fan of kid lit and have a solid library of middle grade and picture book titles in my personal collection. I've also been collecting Newberry and Caldecott award winning books for years, so I get a special sort of thrill when seeing this list and finding new books that will soon have a home in my library.
Here's a list of this year's winners:
2017 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.
2017 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
*We still have signed copies of this one, but they won't last long!
2017 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
From the ALA:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Dr. Bishop is a winner of numerous awards and has served as a respected member of many book awards committees over the course of her long and distinguished career. Her influential writing, speaking, and teaching articulates the history and cultural significance of African-American children’s literature. Her globally cited work, “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors,” has inspired movements for increased diversity in books for young people, and provides the basis for the best multicultural practice and inquiry for students, teachers, writers and publishing houses.
2017 Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
From the ALA:
The 2017 winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include “Bronx Masquerade,” which won the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2003, and “Words with Wings,” the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor in 2014. In addition, Grimes received the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award in 2016 and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006.
2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
2017 Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
2017 Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
2017 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.
2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.
2017 William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.