Awarded Earlier This Year, 2017

In case you missed the announcement in January, here are this years winners and honorable mentions for the following children’s book awards (winners will be highlighted), if illustrator’s name appears first, the book won for the illustrator’s art:

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

The Newberry Award:

Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

*The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill



Honor books: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives And Dreams Brought To Life by Ashley Bryan

The Inquisitor’s Tale: or, The Three Magical Children And Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Batchelder Award:

Given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English.

Cry, Heart, But Never Break written by Glenn Ringtved


Honor mentions:

Over The Ocean written by Taro Gomi

As Time Went By written by Jose Sanabria

The Ballad Of A Broken Nose written by Arne Svingen

Belpre Award:

The Belpre Award is given to Latino/Latina writers and/or illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work for children.

Juana And Lucus written by Juana Medina


Lowriders To The Center Of The Earth written by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul Gonzalez



Honorable Mentions:

The Only Road written by Alexandra Diaz

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

The Princess And The Warrior: A Tale Of Two Volcanoes written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Caldecott Award:

Awarded to the most distinguished picture book for children.

Radiant Child: The Story Of Young Artist Jean- Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe


Honorable Mentions:

Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol

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

Du Iz Tak? written and illustrated by Carson Ellis

They All Saw A Cat written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Geisel Award:

The Geisel Award is awarded to author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.

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


Honorable Mentions:

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

Odyssey Award:

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children.

Anna And The Swallow Man written by Gavriel Savit


Honorable Mentions:

Ghost written by Jason Reynolds

Dream On, Amber written by Emma Shevah

Nimona written by Noelle Stevenson

Sibert Medal:

The Sibert Medal is awarded to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book for children.

March: Book Three written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell


Honorable Mentions:

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 Friedman

Wilder Award:

The Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Nikki Grimes


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