The American Library Association has announced their 2018 awards for the best books for children and young adults.
Top prizes go to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, which won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature; Wolf in the Snow, written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, which won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children; and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which earned the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson was awarded the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
YA juggernaut The Hate U Give was also honored, taking home the Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens, and both Coretta Scott King Book Award and Printz honors.
The American Library Association’s youth media awards recognize excellence in “books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens.” According to the ALA, the awards are “Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts” and “encourage original and creative work.”
Click here for the full list of winners and honorees.