2021 Youth Media Award Winners

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

When You Trap a Tiger book cover

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Newbery Honor Books:

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team book cover

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

(Libby, Overdrive)

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom book cover

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

(hoopla, libby)

Fighting Words book Cover

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

(Libby, Overdrive)

We Dream of Space book cover

We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly

(Libby, Overdrive)

A Wish in the Dark book cover

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

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

We Are Water Protectors book cover

We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Caldecott Honor Books:

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart book cover

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart illustrated by Noa Denmon

(Libby, Overdrive)

The Cat Man of Aleppo book cover

The Cat Man of Aleppo illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

(Libby, Overdrive)

Me & Mama book cover

Me & Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

(Libby, Overdrive)

Outside In book cover

Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby

(Libby)

 


 

 

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:

Before the Ever After book cover

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • King Author Honor Books:

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come book cover

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

(Libby, Overdrive)

King and the Dragonflies book cover

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box book cover

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne

(Libby)

 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul book cover

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul illustrated by Frank Morrison

 

  • King Illustrator Honor Books:

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration book cover

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks book cover

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

(Libby, Overdrive)

Me & Mama book cover

Me & Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Legendborn book cover

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) book cover

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Printz Honor Books:

Apple (Skin to Core) book cover

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth

(Libby, Overdrive)

Dragon Hoops book cover

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

(Libby, Overdrive)

Every Body Looking book cover

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

(Libby, Overdrive)

We Are Not Free book cover

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

 

  • Young Children (ages 0 to 10):

I Talk Like a River book cover

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Honors:

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything book cover

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel

(Libby)

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin book cover

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin by Tracy Newman

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Middle Grades (ages 11-13):

Show Me a Sign book cover

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Honors:

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen book cover

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit

(Libby)

When Stars are Scattered book cover

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Teens (ages 13-18)

This Is My Brain In Love book cover

This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences: 

Black Sun book cover

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

(Libby)

The House in the Cerulean Sea book cover

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

(Libby, Overdrive)

The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice - Crossing Antarctica Alone book cover

The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice - Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O’Brady

(Libby)

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf

(hoopla, Libby)

The Kids Are Gonna Ask book cover

The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

The Only Good Indians book cover

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

(Libby, Overdrive)

Plain Bad Heroines book cover

Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

(Libby, Overdrive)

Riot Baby book cover

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

Solutions and Other Problems book cover

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

(Libby, Overdrive)

We Ride Upon Sticks book cover

We Ride Upon Sticks:  A Novel by Quan Barry

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

Telephone Tales book cover

Telephone Tales was originally published in Italian as Favole al telefono the book was written by Gianni Rodari and translated by Antony Shugaar

 

  • Batchelder Honor Book:

Catherine's War book cover

Catherine’s War by Julia Billet and translated from French by Ivanka Hahnenberger

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

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Kent State written by Deborah Wiles and narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina Delaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, and David de Vries

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Odyssey Honor Audiobooks:

Clap When You Land audiobook cover

Clap When You Land written by Elizabeth Acevedo and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte

(Libby, Overdrive)

Fighting Words audiobook cover

Fighting Words written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Bahni Turpin

(Libby, Overdrive)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You audiobook cover

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and narrated by Jason Reynolds

(Libby)

When Stars are Scattered audiobook cover

When Stars Are Scattered written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed and narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi and a full cast

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

 

  • Belpr√© Illustrator Award

Vamos! Let's Go Eat book cover

¬°Vamos! Let‚Äôs Go Eat illustrated and written by Ra√ļl Gonzalez

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Belpr√© Illustrator Honor Book:

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello book cover

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

 

  • Pura Belpr√© Children‚Äôs Author Award

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Efrén Divided written by Ernesto Cisneros

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Belpr√© Children‚Äôs Author Honor Books :

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez book cover

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

(hoopla, Overdrive)

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance book cover

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

(Overdrive)

 

  • Pura Belpr√© Young Adult Author Award

Furia book cover

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 

  • Belpr√© Young Adult Author Honor Books:

Never Look Back book cover

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

(Libby, Overdrive)

We Are Not from Here book cover

We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera book cover

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Sibert Honor Books:

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure book cover

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure written and illustrated by John Rocco

(Libby, Overdrive)

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks book cover

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

(Libby, Overdrive)

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team book cover

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience:

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The Imagine Neighborhood produced by Committee for Children

 

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Honor Book:

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Sesame Street Family Play: Caring for Each Other produced by Sesame Workshop

 

 


 

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

We Are Little Feminists: Families book cover

We Are Little Feminists: Families by Archaa Shrivastav

 

Stonewall Honor Books:

Beetle & The Hollowbones book cover

Beetle & The Hollowbones illustrated and written by Aliza Layne

(Libby, Overdrive)

Darius the Great Deserves Better book cover

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

(Libby, Overdrive)

Felix Ever After book cover

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

(Libby, Overdrive)

You Should See Me in a Crown book cover

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog book cover

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle

 

Geisel Honor Books:

The Bear in My Family book cover

The Bear in My Family written and illustrated by Maya Tatsukawa

(Libby, Overdrive)

Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom! book cover

Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom! by Kelly Starling Lyons

(Libby)

What About Worms!? book cover

What About Worms!? written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Where’s Baby? book cover

Where’s Baby? written and illustrated by Anne Hunter

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

If These Wings Could Fly book cover

If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 

Other Finalists:

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard book cover

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown

(Libby, Overdrive)

The Black Kids book cover

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

(Libby, Overdrive)

It Sounded Better in My Head book cover

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

(hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh book cover

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Other Finalists:

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team book cover

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team written by Christina Soontornvat

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival book cover

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan

(Libby, Overdrive)

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure book cover

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure written and illustrated by John Rocco

You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Democracy and Deliver Power to the People book cover

You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Democracy and Deliver Power to the People by Elizabeth Rusch

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. The award offers three youth categories including Picture Book, Children’s Literature and Youth Literature.  The award is administered by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association.

 

Picture Book:

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist book cover

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Honor Picture Book:

Danbi Leads the School Parade book cover

Danbi Leads the School Parade written and illustrated by Anna Kim

(Overdrive)

 

Children’s Literature:

When You Trap a Tiger book cover

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

 

Honor Children's Literature Book:

Prairie Lotu book cover

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Youth Literature:

This Light Between Us book cover

This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Honor Youth Literature Book:

Displacement book cover

Displacement by Kiku Hughes

(Libby, Overdrive)

 


 

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented since 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. 

Gold Medalists: 

 

Picture Book:

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail book cover

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Lesléa Newman

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Middle Grades:

Turtle Boy book cover

Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Young Adult:

Dancing at the Pity Party book cover

Dancing at the Pity Party written and illustrated by Tyler Feder

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Silver Medalists:

 

Picture Book:

I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book book cover

I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book by Mychal Copeland

Miriam at the River book cover

Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen

(hoopla, Overdrive)

 

Middle Grades:

No Vacancy book cover

No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

(hoopla, Overdrive)

Anya and the Nightingale book cover

Anya and the Nightingale by Sofiya Pasternack

(Overdrive)

The Blackbird Girls book cover

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

(Libby, Overdrive)

 

Young Adult:

They Went Left book cover

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

(Libby, Overdrive)