ALA announces winners of Newbery, Caldecott, and more

SCBWI congratulates the winners of the ALA youth media awards. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 John Newbery Medal for her middle grade fantasy The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin); the Newbery Honor books were Wolf Hollow (Dutton) by Lauren Wolk, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Dutton), written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly, and Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum), written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

Javaka Steptoe won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the illustrations in his book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown); the Caldecott Honors went to Leave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook)illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol, Freedom in Congo Square (Little Bee), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford, and Du Iz Tak? (Candlewick)illustrated and written by Carson Ellis.

The winner of the Coretta Scott King award is the much-praised graphic novel March: Book 3 (Little, Brown) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. It also won the Michael L. Printz Award, Robert F. Sibert Award, and YALSA Award.

SCBWI member Nikki Grimes won the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, honoring her work on award-winning titles like Bronx Masquerade and Words with Wings.

Illustrator Raúl Gonzalez was honored with the Pura Belpré Award for his art in Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Chronicle), which was written by Cathy Camper. Juana Medina won the Pura Belpré author award for Juana & Lucas (Candlewick).

For the full list of winners, visit the American Libraries Association site at