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2021 Youth Media Award Winners & Starred Review Books!

by Nicole Guenkel on 2021-02-09T10:00:00-05:00 | Comments

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

Cover ArtWhen You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The most distinguished American picture book for children

Cover ArtWe Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom; Michaela Goade (Illustrator)

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:

Cover ArtBefore the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Cover ArtRespect by Carole Boston Weatherford; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
Cover ArtLegendborn by Tracy Deonn

Michael L. Printz Award

Excellence in literature written for young adults

Cover ArtEverything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

Schneider Family Book Award

Books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

Cover ArtI Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott; Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
Cover ArtShow Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Cover ArtThis Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

Pura Belpré Awards

Honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Cover Art¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat by Raùl Gonzalez III (Illustrator); Elaine Bay
Cover ArtEfrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
Cover ArtFuria by Yamile Saied Méndez
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  

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.

Cover ArtPaper Son: the Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung; Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
Cover ArtWhen You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Cover ArtThis Light Between Us: a Novel of World War II by Andrew Fukuda

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