Important Book Awards
There are certain awards and honors given to pivotal books each year by the American Library Association. Public librarians as well as school librarians should be conscious of these awards and make an effort to read as many of the listed selections as possible.
Every title awarded various honors and medals are considered outstanding works of literature. Not only will reading these books grant you an awareness of what is considered remarkable by an award committee, it will also sharpen your readers’ advisory skills.
The following are awarded by the 2016 Youth Media Awards, an annual event where ALA honors the best books, videos, and other outstanding material for children and teens:
2016 John Newbury Medal
(for the most distinguished American children’s book published in the previous year)
“Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña, iIllustrated by Christian Robinson
2016 Newbury Honor Books (noteworthy runners-up)
“Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
“Echo,” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal
(for most distinguished children’s picture book published in the previous year)
“Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,“ illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick
2016 Caldecott Honor Books (noteworthy runners-up)
“Trombone Shorty” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews
“Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
“Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
“Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (honors an author or illustrator whose books, over a period of years, have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.)
Jerry Pinkney – has won five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors.