ALA Youth Media Awards 2018: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall
In the US, the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals.
Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe (HarperCollins) was awarded the 2018 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The judging committee described it as a ‘modern quest tale’ that incorporates elements of Filipino folklore and ‘shimmers with humor and authentic emotion’.
The 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book went to author and illustrator Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow (Feiwel & Friends US), a nearly wordless survival story about a girl and a wolf cub lost in the snow together.
Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay (Dutton Books US) was the winner of the Michael L Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, while Allen Say’s picture book for older readers, Silent Days, Silent Dreams (Scholastic US), was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award for books that ‘embody an artistic expression of the disability experience’. The Stonewall Book Award for books on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience went to Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert (Little, Brown US).
Winners in all categories of the awards, and a list of honour books in each category, are available on the ALA website here. The awards were announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, which was held in Denver, Colorado.