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Juvenile Literature: 2017 Awards, Medals and Honors

2017 Awards, Medals and Honors

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

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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.

Alexander, Kwame. Booked.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Ashes.

Arnold, David. Kids of Appetite.

* Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa.

Braxton-Smith, Ananda. Merrow.

Budhos, Marina. Watched

Cavallaro, Brittany. A Study in Charlotte.

* Chee, Traci. The Reader.

Cordova, Zoraida. Labyrinth Lost.

Diederich, Phillippe. Playing for the Devil’s Fire.

Dooley, Sarah. Free Verse

Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming.

Duyvis, Corinne. On the Edge of Gone.

Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever.

Friend, Natasha. Where You’ll Find Me.

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human.

Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin.

Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up.

Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces.

Hand, Cynthia and Ashton, Brodi and Meadows, Jodi. My Lady Jane.

Hapgood, Harriet Reuter. The Square Root of Summer.

* Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree.

Hartley, A.J. Steeplejack.

Heilig, Heidi. The Girl from Everywhere.

Hepperman, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here.

Hesse, Monica. Girl in the Blue Coat.

Hoffmeister, Peter Brown. This is the Part Where You Laugh.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants.

Kiely, Brendan. The Last True Love Story.

King, A.S. Still Life with Tornado.

Lake, Nick. Whisper to Me.

Larbalestier, Justine. My Sister Rosa.

Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon.

Levithan, David and LaCour, Nina. You Know Me Well.

Lindstrom, Eric. Not If I See You First.

Lord, Emery. When We Collided.

Lubar, David. Character, Driven.

* McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours.

* Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn.

Meyer, Marissa. Heartless.

O’Giulin, Peadar. The Call.

O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It.

Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect.

Perkins, Stephanie (editor). Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories.

Porter, Sarah. Vassa in the Night.

Pung, Alice. Lucy and Linh.

Quick, Matthew. Every Exquisite Thing.

Reeve, Philip. Railhead.

* Reynolds, Jason. Ghost.

Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl.

Schmidt, Gary. Orbiting Jupiter.

Self, Jeffery. Drag Teen.

* Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea.

* Shusterman, Neal. Scythe.

Starmer, Aaron. Spontaneous.

Stork, Francisco. The Memory of Light.

Sullivan, Tara. The Bitter Side of Sweet.

Umminger, Alison. American Girls.

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior.

Winters, Cat. The Steep and Thorny Way.

* Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star.

* Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books

Younger Readers

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. By Diane Stanley. Illus. by Jessie Hartland.

Ada Twist, Scientist. By Andrea Beaty. Illus. by David Roberts.

Before Morning. By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Beth Krommes.

Best Frints in the Whole Universe. By Antoinette Portis. Illus. by the author.

Counting. By Fleur Star. Illus.

Coyote Moon. By Maria Gianferrari. Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.

Fabulous Frogs. By Martin Jenkins. Illus. by Tim Hopgood.

Good Night Owl. By Greg Pizzoli. Illus. by the author.

The Great Pet Escape. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus. by the author.

Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman. Illus. by Zachariah OHora.

A Hungry Lion; or, A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. By Lucy Ruth Cummins. Illus. by the author.

Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol. Illus. by the author.

The Night Gardener. By Terry Fan. Illus. by Eric Fan.

Old Dog Baby Baby. By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Chris Raschka.

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper. By Mike Twohy. Illus. by the author.

Over the Ocean. By Taro Gomi. Illus. by the author.

A Piece of Home. By Jeri Watts. Illus. by Hyewon Yum.

Puddle. By Hyewon Yum. Illus. by the author.

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author

School’s First Day of School. By Adam Rex. Illus. by Christian Robinson.

Thunder Boy Jr. By Sherman Alexie. Illus. by Yuyi Morales.

We Are Growing!: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book. By Laurie Keller. Illus. by the author.

We Found a Hat. By Jon Klassen. Illus. by the author.

Weekends with Max and His Dad. By Linda Urban. Illus. by Katie Kath.

When Andy Met Sandy. By Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis. Illus. by Tomie dePaola. 

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? By Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen.

Middle Readers

The Best Man. By Richard Peck.

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep. By Abby Hanlon.

Full of Beans. By Jennifer L. Holm. 

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled. By Lynne Rae Perkins. Illus. by the author.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon. By Kelly Barnhill.

I Am Not a Number. By Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. Illus. by Gillian Newland.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. By Debbie Levy. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley.

The Infamous Ratsos. By Kara LaReau. Illus. by Matt Myers.

Juana & Lucas. By Juana Medina. Illus. by the author.

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. By John David Anderson.

Pax. By Sara Pennypacker. Illus. by Jon Klassen.

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day. By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis. By Jabari Asim. Illus. by E. B. Lewis.

The Princess and the Warrior. By Duncan Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author.

Raymie Nightingale. By Kate DiCamillo.

The Secret Keepers. By Trenton Lee Stewart. Illus. by Diana Sudyka.

The Sound of Silence. By Katrina Goldsaito. Illus. by Julia Kuo

Steamboat School. By Deborah Hopkinson. Illus. by Ron Husband.

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness. By Donna Janell Bowman. Illus. by Daniel Minter

The Storyteller. By Evan Turk. Illus. by the author.

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. By Jan Thornhill. Illus. by the author.

A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. By Matthew Olshan. Illus. by Sophie Blackall.

Wet Cement. By Bob Raczka.

When Mischief Came to Town. By Katrina Nannestad.

When the Sea Turned to Silver. By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author

The Wild Robot. By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author.

Older Readers

As Brave as You. By Jason Reynolds.

The Ballad of a Broken Nose. By Arne Svingen. Tr. by Kari Dickson.

The Bitter Side of Sweet. By Tara Sullivan.

Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights. By Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace.

Booked. By Kwame Alexander

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice. By Susan Goldman Rubin.

Cloud and Wallfish. By Anne Nesbet.

Cry, Heart, but Never Break. By Glenn Ringtved. Illus. by Charlotte Pardi. Tr. by Robert Moulthrop.

Garvey’s Choice. By Nikki Grimes.

Ghost. By Jason Reynolds.

The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. By Adam Gidwitz. Illus. by Hatem Aly.

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. By Kenneth C. Davis.

The Lie Tree. By Frances Hardinge.

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. By Cathy Camper. Illus. by Raul the Third

March: Book Three. By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell.

The Only Road. By Alexandra Diaz.

Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West. By Candace Fleming.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. By Caren Stelson.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune. By Pamela S. Turner. Illus. by Gareth Hinds.

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party. By Skila Brown.

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience during World War II. By Albert Marrin.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler. By Russell Freedman.

What Elephants Know. By Eric Dinerstein.

Wolf Hollow. By Lauren Wolk.

The Wolf’s Boy. By Susan Williams Beckhorn

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford.

All Ages

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics. By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author.

As Time Went By. By Jose Sanabria. Illus. by the author

Daniel Finds a Poem. By Micha Archer. Illus. by the author.

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author.

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist. By Susan Wood. Illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Freedom in Congo Square. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.

Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan. By Ashley Bryan. Illus. by the author.

Giant Squid. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. By Roxane Orgill. Illus. by Francis Vallejo.

The Journey. By Francesca Sanna. Illus. by the author.

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Illus. by Rafael Lopez

¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Unveiling the Cloud Forest. By Lulu Delacre. Illus. by the author

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. By Javaka Steptoe. Illus. by the author

Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White. By Melissa Sweet. Illus. by the author.

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. By Jorge Argueta. Illus. by Alfonso Ruano. Tr. by Elisa Amado.

They All Saw a Cat. By Brendan Wenzel. Illus. by the author.

The Water Princess. By Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel. Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds

When Green Becomes Tomatoes. By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Julie Morstad

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

FICTION AWARD WINNER:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:

Wolf in the Snow written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Town Is by the Sea written by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smit

FICTION HONOR WINNERS:

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance written by Nikki Grimes,
The Best Man by Richard Peck

NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Caldecott Medal and Honors

Medal

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Stepto

Honors

Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol

Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Du Iz Tak?, illustrated and written by Carson Ellis

They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award Winner

March Book: Three written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Illustrator Award Winner

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Illustrated and Written By Javaka Steptoe.

Author Honors

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan

Illustrator Honors

Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life Written & Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children

OCDaniel by Wesley King

Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)

Allison, John and Lissa Treiman. Giant Days, Volume 1 and Giant Days, Volume 2.  

Coates, Ta-Nehisi and Brian Stelfreeze.  Black Panther, Book One:  A Nation Under Our Feet

Hatke, Ben.  Mighty Jack. 

Lemire, Jeff and Emi Lennox.  Plutona. 

Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  March:  Book Three. 

Ross, Edward.  Filmish:  a Graphic Journey Through Film. 

Russel, Mark, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales.  Prez, Volume 1:  Corndog in Chief. 

Takno, Ichigo.  orange:  The Complete Collection 1. 

Vaughan, Brian K. and Cliff Chiang.  Paper Girls 1.

Vaughan, Brian K., Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth.  We Stand On Guard.

Green Earth Book Awards

Picture Book – 

Follow the Moon Home, written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So

Children’s Fiction –

Saving Wonder, written by Mary Knight

Young Adult Fiction –

Dig Too Deep, written by Amy Allgeyer

Children’s Nonfiction – 

Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, written by Maris Wicks

Young Adult Nonfiction –

The Story of Seeds, written by Nancy Castaldo

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Cry, Heart, But Never Break. Written by Glenn Ringtved, Illustrated by Charlotte Pardi and translated by Robert Moulthrop

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

Award

March Book: Three written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Honors

Asking for It By Louise O’Neill 

The Passion of Dolssa By Julie Berry

Scythe By Neal Shusterman

The Sun is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon 

Newbery Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill

Honors

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan 

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Award Winner

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Honor Books

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics by Steve Jenkins 
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial written by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis 

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann 

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley 

¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Olinguito, from A to Z: Unveiling the Cloud Forest by Lulu Delacre 

Pura Belpré Award and Honors

Author Award Winner  

Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina

Illustrator Award Winner

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper

Author Honor Books

The Only Road, written by Alexandra Diaz

Illustrator Honor Books

Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors

Medal Winner

March Book: Three written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Honor Books

Giant Squid written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, written by Caren Stelson

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, written by Russell Freedman

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Full of Beans, by Jennifer L. Holm

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller

Honors

Good Night Owl, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper, written and illustrated by Mike Twohy

Go Otto Go!, written and illustrated by David Milgrim

The Infamous Ratsos, written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers

USBBY: Outstanding International Book List

Preschool–Grade 2

deGennaro, Sue. The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog. Illus. by the author.

Dubuc, Marianne. The Animals' Ark. Trans. from French. Illus. by the author. Kids

Hirst, Daisy. The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head. Illus. by the author.

Hohn, Nadia L. Malaika's Costume. Illus. by Irene Luxbacher.

Lanthier, Jennifer. Hurry Up, Henry. Illus. by Isabelle Malenfant.

Leroy, Jean. A Well-Mannered Young Wolf. Trans. from French. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet.

O'Leary, Sara. A Family is a family is a Family. Illus. by Qin Leng.

Rocha, Ruth. Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words. Trans. by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Illus. by Madalena Matoso.

Sanna, Francesca. The Journey. Illus. by the author.

Stark, Ulf. The Midsummer Tomte and the Little Rabbits. Trans. by Susan Beard. Illus. by Eva Eriksson.

Viswanath, Shobha. The Blue Jackal. Illus. by Dileep Joshi.

Grades 3–5

Argueta, Jorge. Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds. Trans. by Elisa

Amado. Illus. by Alfonso Ruano.

Cornille, Didier. Who Built That? Bridges: An Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers. Trans. by Yolanda Stern Broad. Illus. by the author.

Faber, Polly. Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig.Illus. by Clara Vulliamy.

Fenton, Corinne. Bob the Railway Dog: The True Story of an Adventurous Dog. Illus. by Andrew McLean.

Hurst, Elise. Imagine a City. Illus. by the author. Doubleday.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Book Uncle and Me. Illus. by Julianna Swaney.

Kuhlmann, Torben. Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon. Trans. by David Henry Wilson. Illus. by the author.

Kuhn, Camilla. Samira and the Skeletons. Trans. by Don Bartlett.

Illus. by the author.

Lagercrantz, Rose. Life According to Dani. Trans. by Julia Marshall. Illus. by Eva Eriksson.

Martins, Isabel Minhós. Don’t Cross the Line! Trans. by Daniel Hahn. Illus. by Bernardo P. Carvalho.

Muller, Gerda. A Year in Our New Garden. Trans. from German. Illus. by the author.

Parvela, Timo. Bicycling to the Moon. Trans. by Ruth Urbom. Illus. by Virpi Talvitie.

Pinfold, Levi. Greenling. Illus. by the author.

Rossell, Judith. Withering-by-Sea. Illus. by the author.

Sanabria, José. As Time Went By.Trans. from German. Illus. by the author.

Grades 6–8

Bogart, Jo Ellen. The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem "Pangur Bán". Illus. by Sydney Smith.

Davies, Linda. Longbow Girl.

Hardstaff, Jane. The Executioner’s Daughter.

Lea, Synne. Night Guard. Trans. by John Irons. Illus. by Stian Hole.

Lewis, Amanda West. The Pact.

Luurtsema, Nat. Goldfish.

Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Svingen, Arne. The Ballad of a Broken Nose. Trans. by Kari Dickson.

Grades 9–12

Acioli, SocorroThe Head of the Saint. Trans. by Daniel Hahn.

Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming.  

Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree.

Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal.

Woltz, Anna. A Hundred Hours of Night. Trans. by Laura Watkinson.

Wright, David and Luc Bouchard. Away Running.

Wung-Sung, Jesper. The Last Execution. Trans. by Lindy Falk van Rooyen.

YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner

March Book: Three written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Finalists

Hillary Rodham Clinton:  A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal

In the Shadow of Liberty:  The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis.

Samurai Rising:  The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune written by Pamela S. Turner.  Illustrated by Gareth Hinds.

This Land is Our Land:  A History of American Immigration written by Linda Barrett Osborne

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