At the start of each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens published/produced during the previous year. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the ALA Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. The awards help guide reading and purchasing decisions for parents, educators, librarians, and others, as well as encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
The 2021 Youth Media Award announcements took place on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 and for the first time ever, a Native American illustrator won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children!
Below are the medal winning titles of many of the 2021 Youth Media Awards. They are available for you to place on holds to check out during curbside pickup and in many cases, borrow digitally from Hoopla or Libby. Find a list of all winners in our catalog.
Looking to keep up with noteworthy titles for young people? Check out our new lists of star reviewed picture, fiction, and nonfiction books linked to our catalog, and available for holds. These books have shiny stars on their spines to help us easily find books deemed exceptional by expert reviewers.
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John Newbery Medal
The most outstanding contribution to children's literature written by an American author
Randolph Caldecott Medal
The most distinguished American picture book for children
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Michael L. Printz Award
Excellence in literature written for young adults
Schneider Family Book Award
Books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
Pura Belpré Awards
Honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit to picture book, middle grade and teen authors.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award
Awarded to outstanding picture book, middle grade and teen books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
The most distinguished beginning reader book of the year
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The most distinguished informational book for children
The best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
For an English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience