Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI represented at ALA youth media awards

by Avery Silverberg


SCBWI is thrilled to congratulate the winners of the ALA youth media award and honor winners.


SCBWI member Jerry Craft became the first graphic novelist to win the John Newbery Medal with New Kid (HarperCollins). The Newbery honor winners included Scary Stories for Young Foxes (Henry Holt), written by Christian McKay Heidicker and illustrated by Junyi Wu; Other Words for Home (Balzer & Bray) by Jasmine Warga; and Genesis Begins Again (Atheneum) by Alicia D. Williams.


Former SCBWI Board Member Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Honor Medal for The Undefeated (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Illustrator Kadir Nelson won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Caldecott Honor books went to Bear Came Along (Little Brown), written by Richard T. Morris, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Double Bass Blues (Knopf), written by Andrea J. Loney, and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez; and Going Home with Daddy (Peachtree), written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter.


The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Jerry Craft‘s New Kid. The three King Author Honor winners were Junauda Petrus with The Stars and the Blackness Between Them (Dutton), Kwame Mbalia with Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Disney-Hyperion), and Jason Reynolds with Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (Altheneum). The Coretta Scott King Illustrator book award went to Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated.


Two SCBWI members brought home the Coretta Scott King Illustrator book award honor: Vashti Harrison for Sulwe (Simon & Schuster), written by Lupita Nyong’o; and Ashley Bryan  for Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace (Atheneum).

A Friend for Henry (Chronicle) was the honor winner for the Schneider Family Book award, illustrated by member Mika Song and written by member, Jenn Bailey. Carlos Aponte was the Pure Belpré Illustrator honor award winner.

Karol Ruth Silverstein, SCBWI member for over 20 years, won the Schneider Family Book Award in the teen category for Cursed (Charlesbridge). Houston ARA Lynne Kelly won the Schneider Family Book Award in the middle grade category for A Song For a Whale (Delacorte). 

Member and illustrator coordinator of Indiana, Teresa Robeson, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for her book Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secret of the Atom (Sterling), illustrated by Rebecca Huang. Hearts Unbroken (Candlewick) by SCBWI Board member Cynthia Leitich Smith won an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AILA), while At the Mountain’s Base (Penguin Random House) by Traci Sorell was awarded an AILA Honor.