And The Winner Is…..

On January 25, 2021, the American Library Association announced the winners for outstanding books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults. Some of the more notable awards given were the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards.

John Newbery Medal is awarded to the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This year’s winner is:

When You Trap a Tiger,” written by Tae Keller, is the 2021 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House. “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, the tigers want it back. And when one of those tigers offers Lily a deal–return what Halmoni stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–Lily is tempted to accept. 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”-Goodreads

Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner:

We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade is the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings. “When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource”.-Goodreads

Michael L. Printz Award is awarded for excellence in literature written for young adult. This year’s winner:

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story),” by Daniel Nayeri, is the 2021 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Levine Querido. “The story of a boy who flees Iran as a small child, detours through a refugee camp in Italy, then winds up in middle school in Oklahoma, where he is met with both curiosity and suspicion.”-Goodreads

If you wish to view the entire list of winner and honor books, it can be view at

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