This year’s top books for youth were announced today by the American Library Association. Reserve a winner or an honorably mentioned book by stopping by Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin; utilizing the online catalog via www.prescottlibrary.info; or by calling the library’s Youth Desk at 928.777. 1537.
Winners in major categories include:
Newbery Award, for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. Newbery Honor Books include: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz; and Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk.
Caldecott Award, for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Honor books include: Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol; Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; and They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.
Corretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Winner: March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The graphic novel is illustrated by Nate Powell. Honor Books include: As Brave as You, by Jason Reynolds; and Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Winner: March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Printz Award winner. Printz Honor Books also include: Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill; The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry; Scythe, by Neal Shusterman; and The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon.
Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Winner for ages 0 to 10: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
Winner for Ages 11-13: As Brave As You, by Jason Reynolds.
Winner for ages 13-18: When We Collided, by Emery Lord.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include Bronx Masquerade, which won the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2003, and Words with Wings, the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor in 2014.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Winner: Juana and Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
Winner: March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.
Honor books: Giant Squid, by Candace Fleming; Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Stelson; Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin; and We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, by Russell Freedman.
Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
Winners: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, are the 2017 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, respectively.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
Winner: We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, by Laurie Keller.
Honor Books: 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; and The Infamous Ratsos,” written by Kara LaReau.