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.

2020 American Library Association Youth Media Awards



Pura Belpré Author Award


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

Belpré Author Honor Books


  • Lety Out Loud, written by Angela Cervantes
  • The Other Half of Happy, written by Rebecca Balcárcel
  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, written by Anika Akdamuy Denise
  • Soldier for Equality: José del la Luz Sáenz and the Great War, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

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:
  • Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books


  • Across the Bay, illustrated and written by Carlos Aponte
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle, illustrated by Zeke Peña, written by Isabel Quintero
  • ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez

Caldecott Medal


Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children:
  • The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Honor Books


  • Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris
  • Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney
  • Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Geisel Award


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recognizes the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers:
  • Stop! Bot! written and illustrated by James Yang

Geisel Honor Books


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


King Illustrator Book Award


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award recognizes an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
  • The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander

King Illustrator Honor Books


  • The Bell Rang, illustrated and written by James E. Ransome
  • Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan
  • Sulwe, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, written by Lupita Nyong'o

Newbery Medal


John Newbery Medal is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children:
  •  New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

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:
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction, produced by Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and narrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Jenna Lamia, Richard Ferrone and a full cast.

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks


  • Redwood and Ponytail, produced by Hachette Audio, written by K.A. Holt, narrated by Tess Netting and Cassandra Morris
  • Song for a Whale, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Lynne Kelly, read by Abigail Revasch with the author
  • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, produced by Live Oak Media, written by Traci Sorell, narrated by Lauren Hummingbird, Agalisiga Mackey, Ryan Mackey, Traci Sorell and Tonia Weavel
  • We're Not from Here, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Geoff Rodkey, narrated by Dani Martineck

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


  • Young Children's Honor Book: A Friend for Henry, written by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song
  • Middle School Honor Book: Each Tiny Spark, written by Pablo Cartaya
  • Teen Honor Book: The Silence Between Us, written by Alison Gervais