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 2022

Winner

THE LAST CUENTISTA by Donna Barba Higuera

“Habâia una vez…There lived a girl named Petra Peäna, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children–among them Petra and her family–have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet–and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard–or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?”

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Honorable Mentions

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca

Feeling disconnected from her heritage as the only Indian-American student in her community, young Reha commits herself to a future different from her dreams when her mother becomes dangerously ill. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH by Darcie Little Badger

“Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart”. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff

In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghost haunting; and the truth about Bug’s gender identity. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

WATERCRESS by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

A little girl traveling through Ohio in an old car helps her family collect muddy, snail-covered watercress from a ditch in the wild before learning the story of her immigrant heritage and how foraging for fresh food helps her loved ones stay together. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.


Caldecott Medal Award 2022

Winner

WATERCRESS by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

A little girl traveling through Ohio in an old car helps her family collect muddy, snail-covered watercress from a ditch in the wild before learning the story of her immigrant heritage and how foraging for fresh food helps her loved ones stay together.

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Honorable Mentions

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A FLOWER? by Shawn Harris

A deceptively profound examination of the vital relationship between childhood and the outdoors finds a young person experiencing a flower with all five senses before using mindful new perceptions to observe more of the beautiful natural world. Click on the image or HERE to find it the our catalog.

MEL FELL by Corey R. Tabor

A heartwarming celebration of self-confidence and taking a leap of faith depicts an endearing, courageous kingfisher who falls down, down, down before learning to fly up, up, up. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

UNSPEAKABLE: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

“Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history”. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.

WONDER WALKERS by Micha Archer

When two curious kids embark on a “wonder walk,” they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light. They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.


Coretta Scott King Book Awards 2022

Winner – Author & Illustrator

UNSPEAKABLE: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

“Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history”.

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Honorable Mentions – Illustrator