Each year committees comprised of librarians and other literature and media experts come together to select the winners of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards, which honor the books, videos, and audiobooks that are considered outstanding for children and teens. Below is a list of a few of the most prestigious awards and the 2017 winners.
Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
To take a look at the full list of winners, visit the ALA website. If something catches your eye, head over to the Library catalog to check out the titles for yourself. There is so much material for youth out there, so use these titles as a guide to discover some exceptional options for the children and young adults in your life.