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.

2021 American Library Association Youth Media Awards



John Newbery Medal


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

Randolph Caldecott Medal


Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children: Caldecott Honor Books
  • A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott
  • The Cat Man of Aleppo, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, written by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha
  • Me & Mama, illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Outside In, illustrated by Cindy Derby, written by Deborah Underwood

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award


Coretta Scott King Author Book Award recognizes 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 recognizes an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
King Illustrator Honor Books

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award


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

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:
  • Kent State, produced by Paul R. Gagne for Scholastic Audio, written by Deborah Wiles, narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina Delaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, and David de Vries.
Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
  • Clap When You Land produced by Caitlin Garing for HarperAudio, written by Elizabeth Acevedo and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
  • Fighting Words, produced by Karen Dziekonski for Listening Library, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, produced by Robert Van Kolken for Hachette Audio, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, narrated by Jason Reynolds
  • When Stars Are Scattered, produced by Kelly Gildea and Julie Wilson for Listening Library, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi and a full cast

Pura Belpré Author Award


Pura Belpré Author Award honors a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:
Belpre Author Honor Books
  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, written by Adrianna Cuevas
  • Lupe Wong Won't Dance, written by Donna Barba Higuera

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award


Pura Belpré Illustrator Award honors 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:
  • ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez
Belpre Illustrator Honor Books
  • Sharuko: El Arqueologo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri, written by Monica Brown

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award


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