Kelly Barnhill has won the 2017 John Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin Young Readers), edited by Elise Howard. Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown), edited by Deirdre Jones. And John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell have won the 2017 Michael L. Printz Award for March: Book Three (Top Shelf), edited by Leigh Walton. The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Atlanta.
Three Newbery Honor Books were named: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Dlouhy); The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Dutton); and Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Dutton).
There were four Caldecott Honor Books: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook); Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee); Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis (Candlewick); and They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle).
Four Printz Honors were awarded: Asking for It by Louise O’Neill (Quercus); The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (Viking); Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster); and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte).
This is the third year in a row that Little, Brown has won the Caldecott Medal: in 2015 The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat got the prize, and the 2016 award went to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.
March: Book Three garnered four prizes in total, in Monday morning’s Youth Media Awards.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children, went to author Nikki Grimes.
The Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children went to March: Book Three (Top Shelf). There were four Sibert Honors: Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook/Porter); Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda); Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin (Knopf); and We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman (Clarion).
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award for best work of translation went to Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, translated from the Danish by Robert Moulthrop (Enchanted Lion); it is Enchanted Lion’s second Batchelder win in a row. There were three Batchelder Honor Books: Over the Ocean, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi, translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman (Chronicle); As Time Went By, written and illustrated by José Sanabria, translated from the German by Audrey Hall (NorthSouth Books); and The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Arne Svingen, translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson (S&S/McElderry).
The 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution in writing for young adults was given to Sarah Dessen, and Naomi Shihab Nye was chosen to deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.
The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens was given to The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown). Four other books were finalists for the award: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (HarperTeen); Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel (Cinco Puntos); The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Random House/Lamb); and Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin (Atheneum).
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader books went to We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller (Disney-Hyperion). There were four Geisel Honor Books: Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli (Disney-Hyperion); Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray); Go Otto Go! by David Milgrim (Simon Spotlight); and The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers (Candlewick).
The Stonewall Book Award, given to children’s and YA books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience, went to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion). There were three Stonewall Honor Books: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (St. Martin’s/Dunne); Unbecoming by Jenny Downham (Scholastic/Fickling); and Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson (Orca). If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Flatiron) was the Stonewall Book Award Young Adult winner.
The Schneider Family Book Awards, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, went to: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illus. by Boris Kulikov (Knopf) for best young children’s book; As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum) for best middle grade book; and When We Collided by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury) for best teen book.
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop won the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf), won the Coretta Scott King Author award and the Illustrator award went to Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown).
Two King Author Honor Books were selected: As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Dlouhy); and Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Dlouhy).
Three King Illustrator Honor Books were chosen: Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee); Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan; and In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson (Roaring Brook/Porter).
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award went to The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte).
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults went to March: Book Three. Four books were finalists for the award: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal (Feiwel and Friends); In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis (Holt); Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds (Charlesbridge); and This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne (Abrams).
Juana Medina won the Pura Belpré Author Award for Juana & Lucas (Candlewick) and Raúl Gonzalez won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, written by Cathy Camper (Chronicle).
One Belpré Author Honor book was named: The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz (S&S/Wiseman).
There were two Belpré Illustrator Honor books: Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood (Charlesbridge); and The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams).
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production went to Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, narrated by Allan Corduner, and produced by Listening Library. There were three Odyssey Honors: Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio; Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah, narrated by Laura Kirman, produced by Recorded Books; and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu, produced by HarperAudio.
The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video went to Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, producer of Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, adapted from the book by Margarita Engle.