Award Winning Titles

Selected by American Library Association

This past weekend, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top titles for children, young adults, and adults. The library staff is excited to spread the word of these winners. You can find many of the titles in the Prescott Library collections.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

for the most distinguished American picture book for children:


Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick

Honor Books

Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews

Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña

John Newbery Medal

for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:


Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña

Honor Books

The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Michael L. Printz Award

for excellence in literature written for young adults:


Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby

Honor Books

Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick

William C. Morris Award

for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli


Because You’ll Never Meet Me, written by Leah Thomas

Conviction, written by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, written by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers, written by Anna-Marie McLemore

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction


The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen


The Book of Aron, by Jim Shepard

A Little Life: A Novel, by Hanya Yanagihara

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

for most distinguished informational book for children:


Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Honor Books:

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, written by Steve Sheinkin


Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, written by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, written by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, written by Nancy Plain

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction


Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs, by Sally Mann


H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, by Andrea Wulf