By: Sarah Wilsman, Content Specialist

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle in January. This year’s Youth Media Awards (YMA) offered few surprises, with many of the titles that received stars and buzz in 2018 recognized.

Printz, Newbery and Caldecott winners

The big winners in 2019 were The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo which won both the Michael L. Printz Award and the Pura Belpre Award, Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina which received the John Newbery Medal, and Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by two-time winner Sophie Blackall which won the Randolph Caldecott Medal.


This was a year of much representation by #ownvoices authors and illustrators. Read the Horn Book Extras on the 2019 YMAs for interviews and reviews of all the major award winners.

Check out OverDrive’s curated list of all 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards & Honors (ALL)