2019 Award-Winning Children’s Books

Each year, librarians across the country tune in to live webcasts and refresh Twitter feeds obsessively during the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. Why? This is when books are recognized, and we cheer when those we love get honored. Take a peek at the books that took top spots this year!

Hello Lighthouse book jacket

"Hello Lighthouse" by Sophie Blackall is the 2019 winner of the Randolph Caldecott Award for its delightful illustrations. "Hello Lighthouse" is about a lighthouse, the keeper and the family that lives there. The Caldecott Medal is named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

"The Stuff of Stars" written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes is a blend of hand-marbled paper and collage illustrations, and is the winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrations. A lovely introduction to all the things that happened for a person to come into being.

"Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales is another feast for the eye. "Dreamers" won the Pura Belpré Award for illustration. This tale follows Morales’ immigration journey with her infant son and also is a love song to the library.

"Merci Suárez Changes Gears" by Meg Medina is the winner of the John Newbery Medal. The upper-elementary school chapter book portrays a multigenerational Cuban-American family. Merci struggles with sixth grade, being a scholarship student in a wealthy private school and her grandfather’s dementia.

"Rescue & Jessica A Life-Cchanging Friendship" by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, and illustrated by Scott Magoon is the story of Jessica, who was at the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off, and where she lost both of her legs. The book won the Schneider Family Award for its depiction of the ways that her service dog, Rescue, help her in her daily life.

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