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Youth Media Awards 2019

by | Mar 11, 2019 | Chapter Books, Children, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Books

Every year librarians and other professionals gather at the ALA Midwinter Conference to celebrate the best of the best in children’s literature. Other stuff happens too but the shiny stickers are the most exciting part, for me at least! It’s like the Oscars of the kid book world. Check out some highlighted results below, click here for a full list, and seek out any of the award-winning titles at your nearest Heights Library!

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature ages 0-14

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Newbery Honors

Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani



Randolph Caldecott Medal – for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Caldecott Honors

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora



Pura Belpré Awards – presented annually 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.

Pura Belpré Author Winner

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pura Belpré Author Honor

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles

Pura Belpré Illustrator Winner

Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Pura Belpré Illustrator Honors


Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa, written by Junot Díaz

When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana illustrated by Jose Ramirez, written by Michael Mahin

Coretta Scott King Awards – recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King Author Winner 

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Coretta Scott King Author Honors  


Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner

The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Marion Dane Bauer.

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors


Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Alice Faye Duncan.

Hidden Figures illustrated by Laura Freeman, written by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Monica Clark-Robinson.