Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
This award, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, honors ten adult books with special appeal to teens, ages 12 through 18. The Alex committee also publishes its official nomination list after the awards announcement in January. Click here to see the list of 2020 Nominees!
Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity. In odd-numbered years, nominations are encouraged in fiction or nonfiction and may include graphic novels. Awards are granted in even-numbered years.
2020 Award Winner
2020 Honor Books
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by School Library Journal, honors an author and specific works by that author for significant and lasting contribution for writing to teens. It recognizes an author's work in helping teens become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
Steve Sheinkin is the recipient of the 2020 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon,” “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” and “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery."
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors the best book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
2020 Morris Award Winner: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
2020 Morris Award Finalists:
The YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award honors the best nonfiction written for teens ages 12-18 each year. The Nonfiction committee also publishes its official nomination list after the awards announcement.
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance by Lynn Curlee
A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust by Albert Marrin
A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein
Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship" by Deborah Heiligman
The Odyssey Award honors the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The award is co-administered with the Association for Library Service to Children.
2019 Honor Recordings:
, written by K.A. Holt, narrated by Tess Netting and Cassandra Morris and produced by Hachette Audio.
, written by Lynne Kelly, read by Abigail Revasch with the author and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.
, written by Geoff Rodkey, narrated by Dani Martineck and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.
The Michael L. Printz Award, sponsored by Booklist, honors the best book written for teens each year.
2020 Honor Books:
by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
by Nikki Grimes
by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
Below are the middle-grade teen award and honor titles for this year.
2020 Author Award Winner
2020 Author Honor Books
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for youth.
2020 Award Winner - Teen
2020 Honor Book - Teen
2020 Award Winner - Middle Grade
2020 Honor Book - Middle Grade
The Stonewall Book Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The award is sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.
2020 Stonewall Young Adult Honor Books
The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature recognizes diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way for children, and teens ages 13-18. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually. We Need Diverse Books defines “diverse” to be one or more of the following: a person of color, Native American, LGBTQIA, a person with a disability, and/or a member of a marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States.
2020 Teen Winner
2020 Honor Books
2020 Middle Grade Winner
2020 Middle Grade Honor Books