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Authors We Love

Kwame Alexander
Katherine Applegate
Elana K. Arnold
Mac Barnett
Fred Bowen
Dusti Bowling
Peter Brown
Beverly Cleary
​ Andrew Clements
Eoin Colfer
Cressida Cowell
​Christopher Paul Curtis
Roald Dahl
Kate DiCamillo
​ Stuart Gibbs
Adam Gidwitz
Karina Yan Glaser
Chris Grabenstein
​Lisa Graff
Alan Gratz
Tim Green
Carl Hiassen
Veera Hiranandani
Jennifer L. Holm
​ Anthony Horowitz
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Tae Keller
Erin Entrada Kelly
Gordon Korman
Rajani LaRocca
Grace Lin
Cynthia Lord
Mike Lupica
​Wendy Mass
Shannon Messenger
​Brandon Mull
Sarah Mlynowski
Nielsen, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Barbara O'Connor
George O'Connor
Kate O'Shaughnessy
Rosanne Parry
James Patterson
Sara Pennypacker
R.J. Polaccio
James Ponti
Ellen Rasking
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
J.K. Rowling
Katherine Rundell
Rachel Renée Russell
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Louis Sachar
Gary D. Schmidt
Brian Selznick
Christina Soontornvat
Trenton Lee Stewart
Lauren Tarshis
Raina Telgemeier
Greg Van Eekhout
Renée Watson
Sarah Weeks
Rita Williams-Garcia
Lauren Wolk
Jacqueline Woodson
Kelly Yang


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Scroll through the book covers below for award-winning titles.

Or click here for the ALSC Book & Media Awards Shelf

RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children

2021 Winner - We are Water Protectors
 illustrated by Michaela Goade 
written by Carole Lindstrom

2021 Honor - A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart
illustrated by Noa Denmon
written by Zetta Elliott

2021 Honor - The Cat Man of Aleppo
illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha

2021 Honor - Me & Mama 
illustrated & written by Cozbi A. Cabrera 

2021 Honor - Outside In
illustrated by Cindy Derby
written by Deborah Underwood 

2020 Winner - The Undefeated
llustrated by Kadir Nelson
written by Kwame Alexander


2020 Honor - Bear Came Along
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
written by Richard T. Morris


2020 Honor - Double Bass Blues
illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
written by Andrea J. Loney 

2020 Honor - 
Going Down Home with Daddy
illustrated by Daniel Minter
written by Kelly Starling Lyons 

2019 Winner - Hello Lighthouse
illustrated & written by 
Sophie Blackall 


2019 Honor - 
Alma and How She Got Her Name
illustrated & written by 
Juana Martinez-Neal

2019 Honor -
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
illustrated & written by 
Grace Lin

2019 Honor - The Rough Patch
illustrated & written by 
Brian Lies


2019 Honor - Thank You, Omu!
illustrated & written by Oge Mora

2018 Winner - Wolf in the Snow
illustrated & written by Matthew Cordell

2018 Honor - Big Cat, Little Cat
illustrated & written by Elisha Cooper 

2018 Honor - 
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
illustrated by Gordon C. James
written by Derrick Barnes

2018 Honor - A Different Pond
illustrated by Thi Bui
written by Bao Phi

2018 Honor - Grand Canyon
illustrated & written by Jason Chin

SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

Just Ask!
2020 Young Children Winner

A Friend for Henry
2020 Young Children Honor

Song for a Whale
2020 Middle Grade Winner

Each Tiny Spark
2020 Middle Grade Honor

Rescue & Jessica
2019 Young Children Winner

The Remember Balloons
2019 Young Children Honor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
2019 Middle School Winner

The Collectors
2019 Middle School Honor

Silent Days, Silent Dreams
2018 Young Children Winner

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
2018 Middle School Winner

THE COOK PRIZE for excellence in publishing informational books on STEM topics for elementary-aged children

Mario and the Hole in the Sky
2020 Winner

Hedy Lamarr's Double Life
2020 Honor

Flower Talk
2020 Honor

Secret Engineer
2020 Honor

Counting on Katherine
2019 Winner

Fossil by Fossil
2019 Honor

If Polar Bears Disappeared
2019 Honor

Nothing Stopped Sophie
2019 Honor

Beauty and the Beak
2018 Winner

Grand Canyon
2018 Honor

The Hidden Life of a Toad
2018 Honor

Karl, Get Out of the Garden
2018 Honor

JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

When You Trap a Tiger
2021 Winner

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team

2021 Honor

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

2021 Honor

Fighting Words

2021 Honor

We Dream of Space

2021 Honor

A Wish in the Dark

2021 Honor

New Kid
2020 Winner

The Undefeated
2020 Honor

Scary Stories for Young Foxes
2020 Honor

Other Words for Home
2020 Honor

Genesis Begins Again
2020 Honor

Merci Suarez Changes Gears
2019 Winner

The Night Diary
2019 Honor

The Book of Boy
2019 Honor

Hello Universe
2018 Winner

2018 Honor

Long Way Down
2018 Honor

Piecing Me Together
2018 Honor