Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guides parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.
Among the winners and honorees of this year’s Youth Media Awards are a number of outstanding picture books featuring diverse children and communities. Touching on gratitude and generosity, immigration and identity, friendship and family, here are some of my favorites. We are proud that so many of this year’s diverse award winners are part of our collections!
KWAME ALEXANDER AND KADIR NELSON
Winner: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Winner: Caldecott Medal
Honor: Newbery Medal
We Are Grateful/Otsaliheliga
Traci Sorell and Frane Lessac
Honor: American Indian Youth Literature Award
Open Books, Open Doors
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