Award-Winning Children’s Books

Every January the American Library Association grants awards to a variety of talented authors and illustrators that highlight the year’s many excellent works created for children and youth with their Coretta Scott King Awards, and their (Pura) Belpre, (John) Newbery, and (Randolph) Caldecott Medals. This year announcements of the winners will take place on Monday, January 28th, 2019. In celebration of these honored books, the Trove has four displays showcasing a sampling of the superlative works created for children that have won these prestigious awards and medals in past years.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors his wife Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage to continue working for peace. The awards were established to honor “outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”

Yearly, the (Pura) Belpre Medal honors “a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latin cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” The (John) Newbery Medal honors the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, and the (Randolph) Caldecott Medal honors “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Please stop by the Trove and pick up a few winners!

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  1. Heather Fuller

    The displays look really great! I would like to do a similar display using the poster for the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners as a supplement. Where can I get this beautiful poster?

    • kthornton

      Hi Heather, our Youth Services librarian believes it came from ALA several years ago. Maybe they have something similar now?

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