The Winners have been Announced! 

The 2021 winners for the Youth Media Awards, presented by the American Library Association, were announced on January 21. These awards recognize authors and illustrators in a variety of categories for children and young adults. Perhaps your favorite book won a prize, or maybe you’ll find something new to read!?  Find a full list of awards at ALA’s website and request titles from our 2021 Youth Media Award Winner booklist.

Youth Media Awards 2021 Book Covers

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.   

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother. 

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. 

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri.

After fleeing Iran, teenager Khosrou  and his family find themselves in Oklahoma, where he changes his name to Daniel and struggles to find acceptance from classmates who see him only as a poor refugee who often smells of pickles and garlic. 

The 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults: Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.

The son of an idolized pro-football star begins noticing the contrast between his father’s angry, forgetful behavior and his superhero reputation before adjusting to a new reality involving difficult symptoms stemming from his father’s numerous head injuries. 

The 2021 Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults is  

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul illustrated by Frank Morrison and authored by Carole Boston Weatherford.

A vibrant portrait of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music artist includes coverage of Franklin’s Grammy-winning achievements and unfailing dedication to civil rights. 

The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. The 2021 Award is ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez.

Little Lobo, a Mexican American, and Bernabé, his dog, gather tacos, frutas picadas, cuernos, and more and deliver them to los luchadores preparing for Lucha Libre 5000. 

 The 2021 winner of the Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award is Efrén Divided, written by Ernesto Cisneros.

While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico 

The Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner is Furia, written by Yamile Saied Méndez.

Seventeen-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers’ wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with Diego. 

The Schneider Family Book Awards are awarded to books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. The 2021 Award Winner for Young Children (ages 0 to 10) is I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith. 

When a child has a “bad speech day” at school, his father gives him a new perspective on his stuttering.  

The 2021 Award Winner for Middle Grades (ages 11 to 13) is Show Me a Sign, written by Ann Clare LeZotte. 

The 2021 Award Winner for Teens (ages 13-18) was given to This is My Brain in Love, written by I.W. Gregorio.