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Book Awards

The Newbery Medal, named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Congratulations! Click on the book cover to find these books in our catalog.

The Caldecott Medal, named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to 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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.


Newberry Award 2021

Winner

WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller

Moving with her parents into the home of her sick grandmother, young Lily forges a complicated pact with a magical tiger, in a story inspired by Korean folktales.

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Honorable Mentions

ALL THIRTEEN: the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team by Christina Soontornvat

Combines firsthand interviews with scientific and cultural insights in a middle grade account of the 2018 Thai cave rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team and the critical, sophisticated engineering operation that saved the lives of 13 young people. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

BOX: Henry Brown mails himself to freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood

Retells in verse form the story of Henry Brown, an enslaved man who escaped from Virginia by having himself enclosed in a wooden box and shipped to freedom in Philadelphia. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Depending on an older sister who protected her when their mother went to prison and their mother’s boyfriend committed a terrible act, 10-year-old Della tries to figure out what to do when her older sister attempts suicide. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

WE DREAM OF SPACE by Erin Entrada Kelly

Joining their fellow seventh graders to watch the 1986 Challenger launch, three siblings struggle with respective difficulties including falling grades, an out-of-control temper and depressed NASA ambitions. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

A WISH IN THE DARK by Christina Soontornvat

Escaping from the prison where he was born, Pong discovers harrowing truths about the gap between the world’s privileged ruling class and impoverished laborers, while the prison warden’s daughter who is hunting him uncovers other daunting secrets. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.


Caldecott Medal Award 2021

Winner

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS by Carole Lindstrom, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

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Honorable Mentions

A PLACE INSIDE OF ME: a poem to heal the heart by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Noa Denmon

An evocative story in verse that follows a poignant year in the life of a brown child whose community rallies for justice and peace in the aftermath of a police shooting. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

The courageous and true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo’s abandoned cats. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

ME & MAMA by Cozbi A. Cabrera

For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

OUTSIDE IN by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.


Coretta Scott King Book Awards 2021

Winner – Author

BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by Jacqueline Woodson

ZJ’s friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.

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Winner – Illustrator

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

A vibrant portrait of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music artist includes coverage of Franklin’s Grammy-winning achievements and unfailing dedication to civil rights.

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