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2021 Awards, Medals and Honors

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

Check the library catalog for title availability.

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

Just use the links on the Find Information on Juvenile Books page of this guide.

*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.

All the Bad Apples. By Moïra Fowley-Doyle.
The Art of Breaking Things. By Laura Sibson
Aurora Rising. By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Knopf,
Birthday. By Meredith Russo.
The Bone Houses. By Emily Lloyd-Jones.
Butterfly Yellow. By Thanhhà Lai.
Call It What You Want. By Brigid Kemmerer
Color Me In. By Natasha Diaz.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely. By Brigid Kemmerer.
Dig. By A. S. King.
The Disasters. By M. K. England.
The Downstairs Girl. By Stacey Lee.
Echo North. By Joanna Ruth Meyer.
*
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. By Ben Philippe.
Forward Me Back to You. By Mitali Perkins.
The Fountains of Silence. By Ruta Sepetys.
Full Disclosure. By Camryn Garrett.
Genesis Begins Again. By Alicia D. Williams.
*
Girls on the Verge. By Sharon Biggs Waller..
The Good Luck Girls. By Charlotte Nicole Davis.
*
Heroine. By Mindy McGinnis.
Her Royal Highness. By Rachel Hawkins.
How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom. By S. J. Goslee.
How to be Remy Cameron. By Julian Winters.
How to Make Friends with the Dark. By Kathleen Glasgow.
I Love You So Mochi. By Sarah Kuhn.
The Infinite Noise. By Lauren Shippen.
Internment. By Samira Ahmed.
It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories. Ed. by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman.
I Wish You All the Best. By Mason Deaver
The Kingdom. By Jess Rothenberg.
Last Bus to Everland. By Sophie Cameron.
The Light at the Bottom of the World. By London Shah.
*
Like a Love Story. By Abdi Nazemian.
Love from A to Z. By S. K. Ali.
*
Lovely War. By Julie Berry.
The Lying Woods. By Ashley Elston. 2018.
The Merciful Crow. By Margaret Owen.
Michigan vs. the Boys. By Carrie S. Allen.
The Music of What Happens. By Bill Konigsberg.
The Never Tilting World. By Rin Chupeco
*
On the Come Up. By Angie Thomas.
*
Patron Saints of Nothing. By Randy Ribay.
*
Pet. By Akwaeke Emezi.
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. By Jeff Zentner.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. By Brandy Colbert.
Sick Kids in Love. By Hannah Moskowitz.
Ship of Smoke and Steel. By Django Wexler.
SLAY. By Brittney Morris.
Someday We Will Fly. By Rachel DeWoskin.
Sorcery of Thorns. By Margaret Rogerson.
Sorry for Your Loss. By Jessie Ann Foley.
Spin. By Lamar Giles.
*
The Stars and the Blackness between Them. By Junauda Petrus.
Start Here. By Trish Doller.
Stepsister. By Jennifer Donnelly.
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. By Arwen Elys Dayton..
There Will Come A Darkness. By Katy Rose Pool.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves behind Them All. By Laura Ruby.
This Time Will Be Different. By Misa Sugiura.
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. By David Elliott.
War Girls. By Tochi Onyebuchi.
We Are Lost and Found. By Helene Dunbar.
The Weight of Our Sky. By Hanna Alkaf.
We Set the Dark on Fire. By Tehlor Kay Mejia.
When the Ground Is Hard. By Malla Nunn.
Where I End and You Begin. By Preston Norton.
Within These Lines. By Stephanie Morrill.
*
With the Fire on High. By Elizabeth Acevedo.
You Asked for Perfect. By Laura Silverman

 

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books

Younger Readers

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball. By Jen Bryant. Illus. by Frank Morrison.

All Because You Matter. By Tami Charles. Illus. by Bryan Collier.

The Bear in My Family. By Maya Tatsukawa. Illus. by the author.

Black Is a Rainbow Color. By Angela Joy. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.

The Camping Trip. By Jennifer K. Mann. Illus. by the author.

Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family. By Nelly Buchet. Illus. by Andrea Zuill.

The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. 

Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals. By Katy S. Duffield. Illus. By Mike Orodán.

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built. By Angela Burke Kunkel. Illus. by Paola Escobar.

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away. By Meg Medina. Illus. by Sonia Sánchez. 

Home Base: A Mother-Daughter Story. By Nikki Tate. Illus. by Katie Kath. 

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann.

I Am Every Good Thing. By Derrick Barnes. Illus. by Gordon C. James. 

I Talk Like a River. By Jordan Scott. Illus. by Sydney Smith. 

If You Take Away the Otter. By Susannah Buhrman-Deever. Illus. by Matthew Trueman.

Julián at the Wedding. By Jessica Love. Illus. by the author.

Khalil & Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures. By Tricia Springstubb. Illus. by Elaheh Taherian.

Lift. By Minh Lê. Illus. by Dan Santat. 

Me & Mama. By Cozbi A. Cabrera. Illus. by the author. 

The Most Beautiful Thing. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illus. by Khoa Le.

Nana Akua Goes to School. By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by April Harrison.

Ohana Means Family. By Ilima Loomis. Illus. by Kenard Pak.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. By Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Illus. by Oge Mora.

One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey. By Henry Cole. Illus. by the author.

Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us. By Lauren Castillo. Illus. by the author.

Outside In. By Deborah Underwood. Illus. by Cindy Derby.

Overground Railroad. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by James E. Ransome.

A Polar Bear in the Snow. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Shawn Harris.

Prairie Days. By Patricia MacLachlan. Illus. By Micha Archer.

Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By Doreen Rappaport. Illus. by Eric Valasquez.

Salma the Syrian Chef. By Danny Ramadan. Illus. by Anna Bron.

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog. By David LaRochelle. Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka.

Snail Crossing. By Corey R. Tabor. Illus. by the author. 

Southwest Sunrise. By Nikki Grimes. Illus. by Wendell Minor.

Sugar in Milk. By Thrity Umrigar. Illus. by Khoa Le.

Swashby and the Sea. By Beth Ferry. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Telephone Tales. By Gianni Rodari. Illus. by Valerio Vidali. Tr. by Antony Shugaar.

The Three Billy Goats Buenos. By Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Miguel Ordóñez.

Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom! By Kelly Starling Lyons. Illus. by Nina Mata.

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat. By Raúl Gonzalez. Illustrated by the author.

A Way with Wild Things. By Larissa Theule. Illus. by Sara Palacios.

We Are Water Protectors. By Carole Lindstrom. Illus. by Michaela Goade.

What About Worms!? By Ryan T. Higgins. Illus. by the author.

Where’s Baby? By Anne Hunter. Illus. by the author.

Middle Readers

Becoming Muhammad Ali. By James Patterson & Kwame Alexander. Illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. 

Black Brother, Black Brother. By Jewell Parker Rhodes.

The Blackbird Girls. By Anne Blankman.

Catherine’s War. By Julia Billet. Illus. by Claire Fauvel. Tr. by Ivanka Hahnenberger.

Echo Mountain. By Lauren Wolk.

Efrén Divided. By Ernesto Cisneros.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington. By Janae Marks. Illus. by Mirelle Ortega.

King and the Dragonflies. By Kacen Callender.

Letters from Cuba. By Ruth Behar.

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. By Donna Barba Higuera.

Mañanaland. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices. Ed. by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed. Illus. by Sara Alfageeh.

The Only Black Girls in Town. By Brandy Colbert.

Prairie Lotus. By Linda Sue Park.

Santiago’s Road Home. By Alexandra Diaz.

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello. By Monica Brown. Illus.  by Elisa Chavarri.

Show Me a Sign. By Ann Clare LeZotte.

Three Keys: A Front Desk Novel. By Kelly Yang.

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. By Adrianna Cuevas.

We Dream of Space. By Erin Entrada Kelly. Illus. by the author and Celia Krampien.

What Stars Are Made Of. By Sarah Allen.

When Stars Are Scattered. By Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed. Illus. by Victoria Jamieson.

When You Trap a Tiger. By Tae Keller.

Wink: Surviving Middle School with One Eye Open. By Rob Harrell. Illus. by the author.

A Wish in the Dark. By Christina Soontornvat.

Your Place in the Universe. By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author.

Older Readers

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

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. By Robin Ha. Illus. by the author.

Before the Ever After. By Jacqueline Woodson.

Brother’s Keeper. By Julie Lee.

Dragon Hoops. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by the author.

Elatsoe. By Darcie Little Badger. Illus. by Rovina Cai.

Fighting Words. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Go with the Flow. By Karen Schneemann & Lily Williams. Illus. by Lily Williams.

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

Land of the Cranes. By Aida Salazar. Illus. by Quang & Lien.

The Magic Fish. By Trung Le Nguyen. Illus. by the author.

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint Michigan Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation. By Candy J. Cooper and Marc Aronson.

Raybearer. By Jordan Ifueko.

Snapdragon. By Kat Leyh. Illus. by the author.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

Superman Smashes the Klan. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Gurihiru.

This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II. By Andrew Fukuda.

All Ages

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Michele Wood.

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. By Suzanne Slade. Illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera.

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart. By Zetta Elliott. Illus. by Noa Denmon.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:

To be announced

FICTION & POETRY AWARD WINNER:

To be announced

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:

To be announced

PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:

To be announced

FICTION HONOR WINNERS:

To be announced

NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:

To be announced

Caldecott Medal and Honors

Medal

We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

Honors

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott
The Cat Man of Aleppo, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha
Me & Mama, illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Outside In, illustrated by Cindy Derby, written by Deborah Underwood

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award Winner

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator Award Winner

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

Author Honors

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

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

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

Illustrator Honors

Magnificent Homespun Brown illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, written by Samara Cole Doyon

Exquisite: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, written by Suzanne Slade

Me and Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children

To be announced

 

 

Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha.

Blue Flag by Kaito. Vols. 1-5

Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill.

Go With the Flow by Karen Schneemann, art by Lily Williams.

Guantánamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison by Sarah Mirk, art by Gerardo Alba, Kasia Babis, Alex Beguez, Tracy Chahwan, Nomi Kane, et al.

The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, art by DaNi. Hill

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen.

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. 

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, art by Gurihiru.

Wonder Twins by Mark Russell, art by Stephen Byrne.

Vol. 1: Activate!

Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of the Wonder Twins.

Green Earth Book Awards

Picture Book –

To be announced

Children’s Fiction –

To be announced

Young Adult Fiction –

To be announced

Children’s Nonfiction –

To be announced

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Telephone Tales, written by Gianni Rodari, illustrated by Valerio Vidali and translated by Antony Shugaar.

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

Award

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

Honors

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang, color by Lark Pien
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Newbery Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

When You Trap a Tiger written by Tae Keller

Honors

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

 BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood

 Fighting Words written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

We Dream of Space written by Erin Entrada Kelly, illustrated by Erin Entrada Kelly and Celia Krampien

 A Wish in the Dark written by Christina Soontornvat

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Award Winner

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball Written by Jen Bryant and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

Honor Books

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

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

If You Take Away the Otter. By Susannah Buhrman-Deever. Illus. by Matthew Trueman.

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann.

The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace

Pura Belpré Award and Honors

Author Award Winner  

Efrén Divided, written by Ernesto Cisneros

Illustrator Award Winner

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez

Author Honor Book

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, written by Adrianna Cuevas

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, written by Donna Barba Higuera

Illustrator Honor Books

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

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors

Medal Winner

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Honor Books

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

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, written by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

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

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

All He Knew, by Helen Frost

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Honors

The Bear in My Family, written and illustrated by Maya Tatsukawa

Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom!, written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nina Mata

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

Where’s Baby?, written and illustrated by Anne Hunter

 

USBBY: Outstanding International Book List

Preschool–Grade 2

Ahmed, Sufiya. Under the Great Plum Tree. Illus. by Reza Dalvand

Atinuke. Catch that Chicken! Illus. by Angela Brooksbank

Berry, James. A Story About Afiya. Illus. by Anna Cunha.

Cotter, Sacha. Cannonball. Illus. by Josh Morgan.

David, Gauthier. Letters from Bear. Trans. from French by Sarah Ardizzone. Illus by Marie Caudry.

Frankel, Yael. The Elevator. Trans. from Spanish by Kit Maude.

Hrab, Naseem. Weekend Dad. Illus. by Frank Viva.

Júnior, Otávio. From My Window. Trans. from Portuguese by Beatriz C. Dias. Illus. by Vanina Starkoff.

Maclear, Kyo. Story Boat. Illus. by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

Stinson, Kathy. The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman. Illus. by Marie Lafrance.

Van de Vendel, Edward. Little Fox. Trans. from Dutch by David Colmer. Illus. by Marije Tolman.

Weightman, Magnus. All Along the River. Trans. from Dutch by author. Illus. by author.

Wernicke, María. Some Days. Trans. from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. Illus. by author.

Yoshitake, Shinsuke. There Must Be More Than That! Ed. by Naomi Kirsten from translation. Illus. by author

Grades 3–5

Almond, David. War is Over. Illus. by David Litchfield.

Ferrada, María José. Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War. Trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. Illus. by Ana Penyas.

Järvinen, Aino. 1,001 Creatures. Trans. from Finnish by Emily Jeremiah. Illus. by Laura Merz.

Krone, Bridget. Small Mercies. Illus. by Karen Vermeulen.

Lam, Thao. The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story. Illus. by author.

McKay, Hilary. The Time of Green Magic.

McLachlan, Jenny. The Land of Roar. Illus. by Ben Mantle

Mian, Zanib. Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet. Illus. by Nasaya Mafaridik.

Nilsson, Ulf. All the Dear Little Animals. Trans. from Swedish by Julia Marshall. Illus. by Eva Eriksson.

Romanyshyn, Romana & Lesiv, Andriy. Sound: Shhh...Bang...POP... BOOM! Trans. from Ukrainian by Vitaly Chernetsky. Illus. by authors.

Roskifte, Kristin. Everybody Counts: A Counting Story from 0 to 7.5 Billion. Trans.from Norwegian by Siân Mackie. Illus. by author.

Utkin, Alexander. Gamayun Tales I. Trans. from Russian by Lada Morozova. Illus. by author.

Yabouza, Adrienne. The Magic Doll: A Children’s Book Inspired by African Art. Trans. from French by PaulKelly. Illus. by Élodie Nouhen.

Grades 6–8

Aung Thin, Michelle. Crossing the Farak River.

Billet, Julia. Catherine’s War. Trans. from French by Ivanka Hahnenberger. Illus. by Claire Fauvel.

Fagan, Cary. Maurice and His Dictionary: A True Story. Illus. by Enzo Lord Mariano.

Kadarusman, Michelle. Music for Tigers.

Pêgo, Ana & Martins, Isabel Minhós. Plasticus Maritimus:An Invasive Species. Trans. from Portuguese by JaneSpringer. Illus. by Bernardo P. Carvalho.

Robertson, David A. The Barren Grounds. Illus. by Natasha Donovan.

Van den Ende, Peter. The Wanderer. Illus. by author. Levine

Watanabe, Issa. Migrants. Illus. by author.

Grades 9–12

Bhathena, Tanaz. Hunted by the Sky.

Cuthew, Lucy. Blood Moon.

Hardinge, Frances. Deeplight.

Kaito. Blue Flag, Vol. 1. Trans. from Japanese by Adrienne Beck. Illus. by author.

Thakur, Sophia. Somebody Give This Heart a Pen.

Zhiying, Yu. The Ode to the Goddess of the Luo River. Adapted and trans. from Chinese by author

YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner

Free Lunch, written by Rex Ogle

Finalists

The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance, written and illustrated by Lynn Curlee

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust, written by Albert Marrin

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II, written by Elizabeth Wein

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children's Ship", written by Deborah Heiligman