We have some amazing award-winning titles for you to pass on to the little audiobook listeners in your life, straight from this year’s ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle! 2019’s honorees are truly standouts. We hope these stories will find new homes in your collections and in the hearts of your youngest patrons. For more 2019 award-winning titles, check out our ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings and YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults.
- John Newbery Medal Honor
- The Newbery Honors are for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.
- William C. Morris Award
- The William C. Morris Award is given to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
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- YALSA Non-Fiction Honors
- YALSA Honors are given for excellence in nonfiction for young adults.
- Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
- The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. This year, Front Desk by Kelly Yang won in the children’s literature category and Darius the Great is Not Okay won in the the young adult category.
- The Sydney Taylor Award
- The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
- The Coretta Scott King Author Honor
- The Coretta Scott King Author Honors recognize African-American authors of outstanding books for children and young adults.
- Children’s Literacy Legacy Awards
- The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. 2019’s honoree is Walter Dean Myers.
- Margaret A. Edwards Award
- The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. 2019’s honoree is M.T. Anderson.
- Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration
- The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. 2019’s honoree is Islandborn by Junot Diaz, with illustrations by Leo Espinosa.