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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.


Newberry Award 2020

Winner

Book: New Kid by Jerry Craft, with color by Jim Callahan

NEW KID by Jerry Craft, with color by Jim Callahan

Enrolled in a prestigious private school where he is one of only a few students of color, talented seventh grade artist Jordan finds himself torn between the worlds of his Washington Heights apartment home and the upscale circles of Riverdale Academy. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog. 

Honorable Mentions

Book: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

THE UNDEFEATED by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A love letter to black life in the United States, highlighting the unspeakable trauma of slavery; the faith and fire of the Civil Rights Movement; and the grit, passion and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Book: Scary Stories For Young Foxes by Christian McKay

SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrations by Junyi Wu

Seven fox kits, wanting a scarier story than their mother will tell, visit the old storyteller at Bog Cavern in the Antler Wood, but will any be brave enough to stay until the end? Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Book: Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

OTHER WORDS FOR HOME by Jasmine Warga

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative’s home in Cincinnati when her Syrian community is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the beloved family members who were left behind and forges a new sense of identity shaped by friends and changing perspectives. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Book: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

THE UNDEFEATED by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A 13-year-old girl who is so oppressed by low self-esteem that she keeps a list of the things she hates about herself must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to learn to love herself. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.


Caldecott Medal Award 2020

Winner

Book: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

THE UNDEFEATED by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A love letter to black life in the United States, highlighting the unspeakable trauma of slavery; the faith and fire of the Civil Rights Movement; and the grit, passion and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Honorable Mentions

Book: Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Phan

BEAR CAME ALONG by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Phan

A river flowing through a forest becomes aware of its own potential for adventure when it is joined downstream by unlikely companions Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons and Duck, who hilariously discover how much they need one another. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Book: Double Bass by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

DOUBLE BASS BLUES by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

An aspiring musician whose life straddles the disparate worlds of the suburban school, where he is revered for his talents, and the bustling streets of his crowded home travels back and forth with his double bass, observing the symphony of his surroundings. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

Book: Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter

GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter

In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture and ritual, eloquent text and stunning illustrations illuminate the power of family and multigenerational family traditions. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.