Winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards Announced

February 12th, 2018 by IPL Webmaster in Kids, Teens · No Comments ·

The American Library Association handed out the annual Youth Media Awards this morning, honoring the best books for children and teens written in 2017. You can find the winners of the Newbery Medal (Best Children’s Book), Caldecott Medal (Best Picture Book), and Printz Award (Best Teen Book) right here:

2018 Newbery Medal Winner
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.

2018 Caldecott Medal Winner
Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.

2018 Michael L. Printz Award
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Congratulations to all the winners, and you can find even more honorees for the 2018 Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s website.

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