The Best Kids' Books of 2017, According to Librarians
The American Library Association announced the top books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting.
Get your library cards ready—on Monday, the American Library Association gave 19 books, videos and audiobooks awards that distinguish them as the best in youth media from last year.
The annual Midwinter Meeting of the ALA brings together librarians, authors, publishers, educators, students, and anyone that is passionate about books to discuss what’s new in the book industry. A total of 19 awards were given out for youth media, including the highly coveted Randolph Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award, the John Newbery Medal and the Michael L. Printz Award.
Below are the winners for the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards, and you can see the complete list of winners and honorable mentions on the ALA’s website.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, was awarded to “Hello, Universe” written by Erin Entrada Kelly. To buy: $16; amazon.com.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, was awarded to “Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. To buy: $18; amazon.com.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults, was awarded to “Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson. To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults, was awarded to “We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour. To buy: $15; amazon.com.