Youth Media Awards Winners

The winners of the 2020 Youth Media Awards, announced at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadephia.

The biggest day in children's literature has arrived, and SLJ is here at the ALA Midwinter ceremony in Philadelphia. We will be updating this list of winners as they are announced.  Please check back at throughout the day for a complete list of the announcements, including all honor books, reactions, and interviews with winning authors and selection committee members.



John Newbery Medal

New Kid by Jerry Craft


Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Stop! Bot! by James Yang


Children's Literature Legacy Award

Kevin Henkes


Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media

Molly in Denali


Robert F. Sibert Medal

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard


Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Brown by Håkon Øvreås, translated by Kari Dickson


ALSC Children's Literature Lecture Award

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop


Pura Belpré Awards


Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln illustrated by Rafael López


Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez


Odyssey Award

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Narrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Jenna Lamia, Richard Ferrone, and a full cast


Michael L. Printz Award

Dig by A.S. King


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Free Lunch  by Rex Ogle 


William C. Morris Award

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe


Margaret A. Edwards Award

Steve Sheinkin


Alex Awards

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

High School by Sara and Tegan Quin

In Waves by AJ Dungo

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz


Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Author Award: Jerry Craft for New Kid

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award: April Harrison for What is Given from the Heart

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: Alicia D. Williams for Genesis Begins Again

Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Mildred D. Taylor


Stonewall Book Award

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta


Schneider Family Book Awards

Young Children: Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

Middle Grade: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Teens: Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein


American Indian Youth Literature Awards

Picture Book: Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child

Middle School: Indian No More by Charlene Willing Mcmanis 

Young Adult:  Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith


Sydney Taylor Book Awards

Picture Book: The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come by Sue Macy

Middle Grade: White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

Young Adult: Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin


Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Picture Book:  Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson

Children's Literature: Stargazing by Jen Wang

YA Literature: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

See ALA's complete list of award winners and honor titles.

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