2021 Youth Award Winners!

Young tan-skinned girl in front of moon on waves holding a feather

Congratulations! Every year, the Youth Media Awards are announced at ALA Midwinter Conference in January.  Because of the pandemic, the announcements were virtual. Check here to see a complete list of the award winners! How many have you read?

Caldecott Award Winner:

Young tan-skinned girl in front of moon on waves holding a featherWe are Water Protectors  illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

This book marks the first time in history Indigenous people are recognized with the award. The book was illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe and tells the sstory of a young woman resisting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.     

Caldecott Award Honors:

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott  (on o

The Cat Man of Aleppo illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha 

Me & Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera 

Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby, written by Deborah Underwood 


Newbery Award Winner:

Tiger genie out a jar

 When You Trap a Tiger  by Tae Keller

When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal–return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice…and the courage to face a tiger.

Newbery Award Honors:

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team written by Christina Soontornvat 

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood 

Fighting Words written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

We Dream of Space written by Erin Entrada Kelly

A Wish in the Dark written by Christina Soontornvat