American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards is the biggest event of the year in the world of children's publishing. It’s like the Oscars for books! The Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and other ALA Youth Media Awards are some of the most prestigious awards an author or illustrator can aspire to.
The Children’s Literature Legacy Award
This 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 through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences.
And the winner is…. Pam Muñoz Ryan.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
This award is given annually to outstanding African American illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
And the winner is…Dare Coulter for their beautiful illustrations in An American Story by Kwame Alexander.
The John Steptoe New Talent Award
This award was established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration.
And the winner is…Briana Mukodiri Uchendu for illustrating We Could Fly by Rhiannon Giddens.
Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
The annual award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of their published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.
And the winner is…Christopher Paul Curtis.
The John Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
And the winner is…Dave Egger for The Eyes and the Impossible.
Pura Belpré Children’s Author and Illustrator Award
Is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
And the winner is…Pedro Martín for Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir.
Randolph Caldecott Medal
It is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
And the winner is…Vashti Harrison for Big.
Schneider Family Book Award
This award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
For more awards and their winners visit the ALA website.