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Juvenile Literature: 2018 Awards, Medals and Honors

2018 Awards, Medals and Honors

Scroll down the page to find the lists of selected awards, medals, and honors. 

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For more information on Juvenile Award Winner books, it is recommended  to consult one of the databases.

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*Note that a number of titles appear in two or more lists as they are winners of multiple awards and honors.

Also note that unless otherwise indicated, the awards are announced in late January of each year the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association.

  • American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • American Library Association Notable Children’s Books
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Announced late May)
  • Caldecott Medal and Honors
  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children (Announced in May)
  • Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)
  • Green Earth Book Awards
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Michael L. Printz Award/Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
  • Newbery Medal and Honors
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • Pura Belpré Award and Honors
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors
  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors
  • USBBY: Outstanding International Book List
  • YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults

* denotes the title was selected as a top ten.

Aceves, Fred. The Closest I’ve Come.

Albertalli, Becky. The Upside of Unrequited

Ali, S. K. Saints and Misfits.

Ancrum, K. The Wicker King.

Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Midnight at the Electric.

Anderson, M. T. Landscape with Invisible Hand.

Anderson, Natalie C. City of Saints & Thieves.

*Arnold, Elana. What Girls Are Made Of.

*Bardugo, Leigh. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. Illus. by Sara Kipin.

Bennett, Jenn. Alex, Approximately.

Benway, Robin. Far From the Tree. 2017.

Blake, Ashley. How to Make a Wish.

Bolden, Tonya. Crossing Ebenezer Creek.

Cashore, Kristin. Jane, Unlimited.

Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion.

Crowder, Melanie. An Uninterrupted View of the Sky.

Crowley, Cath. Words in Deep Blue.

Demetrios, Heather. Bad Romance.

Dimaline, Cherie. The Marrow Thieves.

Elliott, David. Bull.

Foley, Jessie Ann. Neighborhood Girls.

Giles, Lamar. Overturned.

Gratz, Alan. Refugee.

Graudin, Ryan. Invictus.

Gray, Claudia. Defy the Stars.

Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down.

Hardinge, Frances. A Face Like Glass.

Hautman, Pete. Slider.

Henson, S. F. Devils Within.

Hutton, Keely. Soldier Boy.

Iturbe, Antonio. The Librarian of Auschwitz. Tr. by Lilit Thwaites.

Jackson, Tiffany D. Allegedly.

Juby, Susan. The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Design. 

Katsoulis, Gregory Scott. All Rights Reserved.

Kemmerer, Brigid. Letters to the Lost.

Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic.

LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay.

Lee, Fonda. Exo.

*Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

Lord, Emery. The Names They Gave Us.

Lu, Marie. Warcross.

Lyga, Barry. Bang.

Mathieu, Jennifer. Moxie.

Menon, Sandhya. When Dimple Met Rishi.

*Moon, Sarah. Sparrow.

Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue.

Ness, Patrick. Release. 

Nix, Garth. Frogkisser!

Oakes, Stephanie. The Arsonist.

Oh, Ellen, ed. Flying Lessons & Other Stories.

Oseman, Alice. Radio Silence.

Perkins, Mitali. You Bring the Distant Near.

Pullman, Philip. La Belle Sauvage.

*Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down.

Roat, Sharon Huss. How to Disappear.

Ruby, Laura. The Shadow Cipher.

Sàenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

Sánchez, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Saint Death.

Silvera, Adam. They Both Die at the End.

Spangler, Brie. Beast.

Stevens, Courtney. Dress Codes for Small Towns.

Stone, Nic. Dear Martin.

Stork, Francisco. Disappeared.

Sugiura, Misa. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret.

Tamani, Liara. Calling My Name.

*Taylor, Laini. Strange the Dreamer.

*Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give.

Walton, Julia. Words on Bathroom Walls.

Wang, Corrie. The Takedown.

*Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together.

Wegelius, Jakob. The Murderer’s Ape. Illus. by Jakob Wegelius. Tr. by Peter Graves.

Weston, Carol. Speed of Life.

Winters, Cat. Odd & True.

Younge-Ullman, Danielle. Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined.

*Zappia, Francesca. Eliza and Her Monsters.

*Zentner, Jeff. Goodbye Days.

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books

Younger Readers

Alfie. By Thyra Heder. Illus. by the author.

All Around Us. By Xelena Gonzalez. Illus. by Adriana M. Garcia.

All the Way to Havana. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Mike Curato.

Baby Goes to Market. By Atinuke. Illus. by Angela Brooksbank.

Big Cat, little cat. By Elisha Cooper. Illus. by the author.

Blue Sky, White Stars. By. Sarvinder Naberhaus. Illus. by Kadir Nelson.

The Book of Mistakes. By Corinna Luyken.

The Boy and the Whale. By Mordicai Gerstein. Illus. by the author.

Charlie & Mouse. By Laurel Snyder. Illus. by Emily Hughes.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. By Monica Brown. Illus. by John Parra.

Good Night, Planet. By Liniers. Illus. by the author.

A Greyhound, A Groundhog. By Emily Jenkins. Illus. by Chris Appelhans.

Home in the Rain. By Bob Graham. Illus. by the author.

I See a Cat. By Paul Meisel. Illus. by the author.

Jabari Jumps. By Gaia Cornwall. Illus. by the author.

King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats. By Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. by Nancy Meyers.

La Princesa and the Pea. By Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal 

Life on Mars. By Jon Agee. Illus. by the author.

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way). By Patrick McDonnell. Illus. by the author.

My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories. By Salina Yoon. Illus. by the author.

Noodleheads See the Future. By Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. Illus. by Tedd Arnold.

Now. By Antoinette Portis. Illus. by the author.

The Only Fish in the Sea. By Philip C. Stead. Illus. by Matthew Cordell.

A Perfect Day. By Lane Smith.

Professional Crocodile. By Giovanna Zoboli. Illus. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! By Carmen Agra Deedy. Illus. by Eugene Yelchin.

Snail & Worm Again. By Tina Kugler. 

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List. By Kate Klise. Illus. by M. Sarah Klise.

Town is by the Sea. By Joanne Schwartz. Illus. by Sydney Smith.

Triangle. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen.

Walk with Me. By Jairo Buitrago. Illus. by Rafael Yockteng.

When a Wolf Is Hungry. By Christine Naumann-Villemin. Illus. by Kris Di Giacomo.

When’s My Birthday? By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Christian Robinson.

Windows. By Julia Denos. Illus. by E. B. Goodale.

Wolf in the Snow. By Matthew Cordell. Illus. by the author.

The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen.

You Can’t Be Too Careful. By Roger Mello. Illus. by the author. Translated by Daniel Hahn.

The Youngest Marcher. By Cynthia Levinson. Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Middle Readers

All’s Faire in Middle School. By Victoria Jamieson. Illustrated by the author.

Bronze and Sunflower. By Cao Wenxuan. Illus. by Meilo So.

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. By Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee. Illus. by Man

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. By Rita Williams-Garcia. Illus. by Frank Morrison.

A Different Pond. By Bao Phi. Illus. by Thi Bui.

How to Be an Elephant. By Katherine Roy. Illus. by the author.

Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World. By Elizabeth Rusch. Illus. by Karin Anderson.

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education. By Raphaele Frier. Illus. by Aurelia Fronty.

Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song. By Kathryn Erskine. Illus. by Charly Palmer.

Older Than Dirt: A Wild But True History of the Earth. By Don Brown and Michael Perfit. Illus. by Don Brown.

Princess Cora and the Crocodile. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Brian Floca.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality. By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Stacy Innerst.

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predator That Saved an Ecosystem. By Patricia Newman.

Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World By Storm. By Sue Macy. Illus. by Matt Collins.

Wishtree. By Katherine Applegate. Illus. by Charles Santoso.

Older Readers

Amina’s Voice. By Hena Khan.

Armstrong and Charlie. By Steven B. Frank.

Ashes to Asheville. By Sarah Dooley.

Beyond the Bright Sea. By Lauren Wolk.

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. By Chris Barton. Illus. by Victo Ngai.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. By Pablo Cartaya.

A Face Like Glass. By Frances Hardinge.

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today. By Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson.

The First Rule of Punk. By Celia C. Perez.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories. By Ellen Oh, editor.

Forever, or a Long, Long Time. By Caela Carter.

Hello, Universe. By Erin Entrada Kelly.

Isaac The Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. By Mary Losure.

Life on Surtsey: Iceland’s Upstart Island. By Loree Griffin Burns.

The List. By Patricia Forde.

Long Way Down. By Jason Reynolds.

Louis Undercover. By Fanny Britt. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Tr. by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou.

Lucky Broken Girl. By Ruth Behar.

Midnight Without a Moon. By Linda Williams Jackson.

The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius.

Orphan Island. By Laurel Snyder.

Patina. By Jason Reynolds.

Piecing Me Together. By Renée Watson

Posted. By John David Anderson.

Quicksand Pond. By Janet Taylor-Lisle

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Eric Velasquez.

Side Tracked. By Diana Harmon Asher.

Silent Days, Silent Dreams. By Allen Say. Illus. by the author.

The Stars Beneath Our Feet. By David Barclay Moore.

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. By Gary Golio. Illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb.

Thornhill. By Pam Smy. Illus. by the author.

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. By Larry Dane Brimner.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. By Steve Sheinkin.

The War I Finally Won. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. By Colin Meloy. Illus. by Carson Ellis. 

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found. By Martin W. Sandler.

All Ages

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. By Derrick Barnes. Illus. by Gordon C. James.

Grand Canyon. By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author.

Her Right Foot. By Dave Eggers. Illus. by Shawn Harris.

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups. By Chris Harris. Illus. by Lane Smith.

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability. By Shane Burcaw. Illus. by Matt Carr.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. By Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.

The Street Beneath My Feet. By Charlotte Guillain. Illus. by Yuval Zommer.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:

To Be Announced in May 2018

FICTION AWARD WINNER:

To Be Announced in May 2018

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:

To Be Announced in May 2018

PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:

To Be Announced in May 2018

FICTION HONOR WINNERS:

To Be Announced in May 2018

NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:

To Be Announced in May 2018

Caldecott Medal and Honors

Medal

Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

Honors

Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper  

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes,

A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi

Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award Winner

Renée Watson, author of  Piecing Me Together

Illustrator Award Winner

Ekua Holmes, illustrator of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentwort

Author Honors

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Illustrator Honors

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes

Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman illustrated by James E. Ransome, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)

David Barclay Moore author of The Stars Beneath Our Feet

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator)

Charly Palmer illustrator of Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children

To Be Announced in April 2018

Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)

The Backstagers. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh.

Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston.

Brave. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author.

I Am Alfonso Jones. By Tony Medina. Illus. by Stacey Robison and John Jennings..

Jonesy. By Sam Humprhies. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle. Volumes 1-3

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings

Lighter than My Shadow. By Katie Green. Illus. by the author.

My Brother’s Husband. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author.

Pashmina. By Nidhi Chanani Illus. by the author.

Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland

Green Earth Book Awards

Picture Book – 

To be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

Children’s Fiction –

To be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.t

Young Adult Fiction –

To be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

Children’s Nonfiction – 

To be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.ks

Young Adult Nonfiction –

To be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Murderer’s Ape, written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves.

Michael L. Printz Award/Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

Award

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Honors

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Newbery Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly

Honors

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James,

Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds

Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Award Winner

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Honor Books

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton

Her Right Foot   by Dave Eggers

The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid   by Jeanette Winter

Pura Belpré Award and Honors

Author Award Winner  

Lucky Broken Girl, by Ruth Behar.

Illustrator Award Winner

La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya

Author Honor Books

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, by Pablo Cartaya.

The First Rule of Punk, by Celia C. Pérez.

Illustrator Honor Books

All Around Us, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena González

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, illustrated by John Parra, written by Monica Brown

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors

Medal Winner

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, by Larry Dane Brimner

Honor Books

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One

Grand Canyon, by Jason Chin.

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability, written by Shane Burcaw, illustrated by Matt Carr

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem, written by Patricia Newman.

Members of the 2018 Sibert Medal Committee are Chair Tali Balas,

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk,

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

Charlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder

Honors

I See a Cat, by Paul Meisel.

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers

My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories, by Salina Yoon.

Noodleheads See the Future, written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold

Snail & Worm Again, by Tina Kügler.

USBBY: Outstanding International Book List

Preschool–Grade 2

Atinuke. You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus! Illus. by Lauren Tobia.

Buitrago, Jairo. Walk With Me. Trans. by Elisa Amado. Illus. by Rafael Yockteng.

Christopher, Danny. Putuguq & Kublu. Illus. by Astrid Arijanto.

Fullerton, Alma. When the Rain Comes. Illus. by Kim La Fave.

Gan, Dayong. Little Rabbit’s Questions. Trans. by Helen Wang. Illus. by the author.

Hohn, Nadia L. Malaika’s Winter Carnival. Illus. by Irene Luxbacher.

Hong, Nari. Days With Dad. Illus. by the author.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Sam Sorts (One Hundred Favorite Things). Illus. by the author.

Kraulis, Julie. A Pattern for Pepper. Illus. by the author.

Miyakoshi, Akiko. The Way Home in the Night. Illus. by the author.

Parker, Danny. Molly & Mae. Illus. by Freya Blackwood.

Schwartz, Joanne. Town Is by the Sea. Illus. by Sydney Smith.

Sher, Emil. Away. Illus. by Qin Leng.

Simler, Isabelle. Plume. Illus. by the author.

Starkoff, Vanina. Along the River. Trans. by Jane Springer. Illus. by the author.

Usher, Sam. Rain. Illus. by the author

Grades 3–5

Bate, Helen. Peter in Peril: Courage and Hope in World War Two. Illus. by the author.

Cao, Wenxuan. Bronze and Sunflower. Trans. by Helen Wang. Illus. by Meilo So.

Cao, Wenxuan. Feather. Trans. by Chloe Garcia Roberts. Illus. by Roger Mello.

Flint, Shamini. Ten: A Soccer Story.

Frier, Raphaële. Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education. Trans. by Julie Cormier. Illus. by Aurélia Fronty.

Goldstyn, Jacques. Bertolt. Trans. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Illus. by the author.

Harbridge, Paul. When the Moon Comes. Illus. by Matt James.

Iwasa, Megumi. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. Trans. by Cathy Hirano. Illus. by Jun Takabatake.

Kulling, Monica. Mary Anning’s Curiosity. Illus. by Melissa Castrillon.

Leach, Sara. Slug Days. Illus. by Rebecca Bender.

Mello, Roger. You Can’t Be Too Careful! Trans. by Daniel Hahn. Illus. by the author.

Valckx, Catharina. Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far. Trans. by Antony Shugaar. Illus. by Nicolas Hubesch.

Grades 6–8

Britt, Fanny. Louis Undercover. Trans. by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault.

Green, Shari. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess.

Hardinge, Frances. A Face Like Glass. Kullab, Samya. Escape From Syria. Illus. by Jackie Roche. Colors by Mike Freiheit.

Wegelius, Jakob. The Murderer’s Ape. Trans. by Peter Graves. Illus. by the author.

Grades 9–12

Crowley, Cath. Words in Deep Blue.

Hardinge, Frances. A Skinful of Shadows

Kwaymullina, Ambelin. The Foretelling of Georgie Spider.

Mayhew, Julie. The Big Lie.

Smith, Heather. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe.

YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Finalists

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives written by Dashka Slater

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found written by Martin W. Sandler

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