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.

2018 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:

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books


  • All Around Us illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena González
  • Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos illustrated by John Parra, written by Monica Brown

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
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth

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:
  • The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, produced by HarperAudio

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks


  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage written by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen, produced by Listening Library
  • A Boy Called Christmas written by Matt Haig, narrated by Stephen Fry, produced by Listening Library
  • Long Way Down written and narrated by Jason Reynolds, produced by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Trombone Shorty written by Troy Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, produced by Live Oak Media
  • The Wizards of Once written Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant, produced by Hachette Audio