Award Winners

The Newbery Medal

Established in 1922, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, for the most distinguished work of literature.

2019 Winner

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Caldecott Medal

Established in 1938, the Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2019 Winner

Hello, Lighthouse! by Sophie Blackall

Coretta Scott King Awards

Established in 1971, the Coretta Scott King Awards are awarded by the American Library Association to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books. These books demonstrate an appreciation for African American culture and the African American experience.

2019 Author Winner

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

2019 Illustrator Winner

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Nutmeg Award (for Intermediate Level: Grades 4-6)
Nutmeg Award (for Elementary Level: Grades 2-4)

Established in 1993 by the Connecticut Library Association, the Nutmeg Award winner is selected annually by Connecticut students. Award winners demonstrate quality literature, with a focus on strong character development; a well-constructed plot; and appropriate language.

2018 Winner (Intermediate)

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2018 Winner (Elementary)

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

National Book Award

Established in 1996, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is awarded by the National Book Foundation for outstanding literature for children by a US citizen.

2018 Winner

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

2017 Winner

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway