American Library Association Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards honor children's and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children's audio and video materials. The titles honored serve as a guide for parents, teachers and others interested in providing children and teens the very best reading and viewing materials. A complete list of awards and award-winning titles is available from ALA. Several of the well-known awards are listed below. Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to library's catalog.

2019 American Library Association Youth Media Awards



Pura Belpré Author Award


Pura Belpré Author Award honoring a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience: 

Belpré Author Honor Books


Pura Belpré Illustrator Award


Pura Belpré Illustrator Award honoring a Latino/Latina illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth:
  • Dreamers illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books


  • Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa, written by Junot Diaz
  • When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana illustrated by Jose Ramirez, written by Michael Mahin

Randolph Caldecott Medal


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

Caldecott Honor Books


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recognizing the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers:

Geisel Honor Books


Coretta Scott King Author Book Award


Coretta Scott King Author Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:

King Author Honor Books


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

King Illustrator Honor Books


John Newbery Medal


John Newbery Medal is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children:

Newbery Honor Books


Odyssey Award


Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
  • Sadie written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, and more, produced by Macmillan Audio

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks


  • Du lz Tak written by Carson Ellis, narrated by Eli and Sebastian D'Amico and more, produced by Weston Woods Studio, a division of Scholastic
  • Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist written by Susan Wood, narrated by Brian Amador, produced by Live Oak Media
  • The Parker Inheritance written by Varian Johnson, narrated by Cherise Booth, produced by Scholastic Audiobooks
  • The Poet X written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo, produced by HarperAudio

Schneider Family Book Award


The Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences:

Schneider Family Honor Books