The American Library Association presented the 2023 Youth Media Awards at the LibLearnX conference in New Orleans.
Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson (Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown Children’s) won the Newbery Medal.
The Caldecott Medal went to Hot Dog, written and illustrated by Doug Salati (Knopf Children’s).
In career awards, Jason Reynolds won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for “for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” The Children’s Literature Legacy Award went to James E. Ransome. Dr. Claudette McLinn won the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for illustration went to Janelle Washington for Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, written by Angela Joy (Roaring Brook). Jas Hammonds’s We Deserve Monuments (Roaring Brook) won the John Steptoe author award. Luqman-Dawson also won the CSK author award for Freewater (Jimmy Patterson/ Little, Brown) and Frank Morrison won the illustrator award for Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Crown Children’s).
The Pura Belpre illustration award went to Adriana M. Garcia for Where Wonder Grows by Xelena González (Cinco Puntos) and the children’s author award went to Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega (First Second). Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado (Sourcebooks Fire) won the young adult award.
The Asian Pacific American Award for picture books went to From the Tops of the Tree by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Rachel Wada (Carolrhoda); Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee (Random House Children’s) won for children’s literature; and Himawari House by Harmony Becker (First Second) won for youth/young adult literature.
The Sydney Taylor Book Awards went to The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Gal (Scholastic) for picture books; Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe (Arthur A. Levine) for middle grade; and When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Arthur A. Levine) for young adult.
The Schneider Family Book Awards “for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience” were awarded to Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth (Dial) for young children; Wildoak by C.C. Harrington (Scholastic) for middle grade; and The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart (Delacorte) for teen books.
The Stonewall Book Awards were awarded to Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Farrar, Straus Children’s) for children’s books and When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Arthur A. Levine) for young adult.
The William C. Morris YA debut award went to The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum (Philomel).
Additional notable books include:
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango (Random House Children’s)
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick)
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee (Random House Children’s)
Ain’t Burned All the Bright, illustrated by Jason Griffin, written by Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade (Little, Brown Children’s)
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Janelle Washington, written by Angela Joy (Roaring Brook)
Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise (Christy Ottaviano Books)
Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson (Holt Children’s)
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei (Holt Children’s)
When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Arthur A. Levine)
Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal
Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer (Katherine Tegen Books)