American Library Association Announces 2017 Youth Media Award Winners

Director Armstrong with Civil rights leader, 'March' co-author, and Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award and Michael L. Printz Award winner, Congressman John Lewis.

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on January 23, 2017. Euclid Public Library Director Kacie Armstrong served on this year’s Coretta Scott King Book Award panel and represented EPL at this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting.

A list of all the 2017 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: 

“March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by Nate Powell and published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works LLC. 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

“The Sun Is Also a Star,” written by Nicola Yoon, is the Steptoe author award winner. The book is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

For a complete listing of this year’s winners, please visit

Ashley Gowens

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