Award Winning Books for Kids and Teens

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The Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. For a complete list of past winners, visit Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-present.

2014 Winner

076366040X.jpg Flora and Ulysses written by Kate DiCamillo

Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love. -- Book Description

2014 Honor Books

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The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. For a complete list of past winners, visit Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-present.

2014 Winner

9781416994152.jpg Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca

All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad. -- Book Description

2014 Honor Books

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The Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. For a complete list of past winners, visit the Michael L. Printz Award.

2013 Winner


In Darkness, written by Nick Lake

"In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804." -- Book Description

2013 Honor Books

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, established in 2004, is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers. The winner(s) receive a bronze medal for their creativity and imagination and ability to "engage children in reading." The award is named for Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, who championed children's literacy and told the world, "a person's a person, no matter how small." For a complete list of past winners, visit Past Winners

2012 Medal Winner


Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

2012 Honor Books

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Coretta Scott King Awards

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. For a complete list of past winners, visit Past Winners.

2013 Author Award


Heart and Soul, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

"Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day." --Book Description

2013 Author Honor Books

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2013 Illustrator Award


I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Langston Hughes.

"Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century." --Book Description

2013 Illustrator Honor Books

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2013 John Steptoe New Talent Award

No award given.

The Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA Affiliate. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. For a complete list of past winners, visit The Pura Belpré Award Winners.

2013 Author Award


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

"Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before." --Book Description

2013 Author Honor Books


2013 Illustration Award


Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt

" The story of Saint Martin de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice." --Book Description

2013 Illustration Honor Books

No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Sibert Medal, established in 2001, is named for Robert Sibert, long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books. It recognizes the distinguished nonfiction, informational book of the year, the one that does best to "present, organize and interpret documentable, factual material for children." For a complete list of past winners, visit ALSC Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.

2013 Award Winner


Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon," written by Steve Sheinkin

"Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos."--Book Description

2013 Honor Books

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The Mildred L. Batchelder Award

This award, established in 1966, is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. The award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. For a complete list of past winners, visit ALSC Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winners 1968-Present.

2013 Award Winner


My Family for the War, written by Anne Cl Voorhoeve and translated by Tammi Reichel.

"Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland." --Book Description

2013 Honor Books

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Michigan Library Association's Thumbs Up Award

The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence, and to celebrate the uniqueness of Teen/Young Adult literature. A committee, consisting of Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote. The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. "Teen" for the award's purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme. Books may be hardcover or original paperback. Books may be either fiction or nonfiction. For a complete list of past winners and award guidelines, visit the Thumbs Up award page.

2012 Award Winner


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

" Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. " --Book Description

Honor Books

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Michigan Library Association's Mitten Award

The Mitten Award is an annual award presented through the Michigan Library Association's Children's Services Division. The mission of the Mitten Award is "To recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of the children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience." For a list of past award winners and award guidelines, visit the Mitten Award page.

2012 Award Winner


Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

"In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs." --Book Description

Honor Books

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National Book Awards

Since 1950, the National Book Foundation has recognized the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers. Following are the award winner and finalists in the Young People's Literature division. For a list of past award winners, visit the National Book Awards page.

2012 Award Winner


Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

"Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays." --Book Description


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