Book Awards

Newbery Award 2023

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newberry Award Winner:

Cover of "Freewater" by Amina Luqman-Dawson: a painting of a boy, looking forward from water and trees


By Amina Luqman-Dawson


Newbery Honors:

Iveliz Explains It All, by Andrea Beatriz Arango
The Last Mapmaker, by Christina Soontornvat
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance, by Lisa Yee

Caldecott Medal 2023

The Caldecott is awarded annually by the ALSC to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Caldecott Medal Winner:

Cover of "Hot Dog" by Doug Salari: a reddish-brown dog on a boardwalk with his ears flapping in the wind

Hot Dog

By Doug Salati

Caldecott Honors:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright, illustrated by Jason Griffin, written by Jason Reynolds
Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated
by Janelle Washington, written by Angela Joy
Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

Coretta Scott King Book Awards 2023

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

Coretta Scott King Author Winner:

Cover of "Freewater" by Amina Luqman-Dawson: a painting of a boy, looking forward from water and trees


By Amina Luqman-Dawson


Coretta Scott King Author Honors:

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler, by Ibi Zoboi
The Talk, written by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu
“Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice,” written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner:

Standing in need of prayer cover

Standing in Need of Prayer

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford & Illustrated by Frank Morrison

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors:

“Me and the Boss: A Story about Mending and Love,” illustrated by April Harrison, written by Michelle Edwards

“Swim Team,” illustrated and written by Johnnie Victory

“Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice,” illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes

Pura Belpré Awards 2023

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Pura Belpré Youth Author Award:

Cover of "Frizzy" by Claribel Ortega - girl in striped sweatshirt and lots of curly hair in front of a pink sky


Written by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra

Pura Belpré Youth Illustrator Award:

Cover of Where Wonder Grows, with a child looking at something in their hands

Where Wonder Grows

Written by Xelena Gonzalez, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award 2022

cover of "we deserve monuments," with a person looking out across sunflowers at the viewer, curly hair wind-blown across their face

We Deserve Monuments

Written by Jas Hammonds

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal 2023

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

Painted cover of "The People's Painter" book list, with a portrait of a person painting swans

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art

Written by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Evan Turk

Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Medal Honorees:

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem, written by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, written by Steve Sheinkin

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac

Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate, written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Stonewall Children’s Book Awards 2023

The Stonewall book awards honor literature with exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Award is the children’s and young adult arm of the Stonewall Book Awards.

cover of "Love, Violet," with two children looking at each other on a snowy hill

Love, Violet

Written by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua

Stonewall Children’s Book Award Honorees:

“Dead Collections” by Isaac Fellman

“Dominant Genes” by SJ Sindu

“How to Identify Yourself with a Wound”, by KB Brookins

Sydney Taylor Book Awards 2023

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award is intended to encourage the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award:

Cover of "The Tower of Life," with a child holding photographs in front of a town

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt her Town in Stories and Photographs

Written by Chana Steifel, illustrated by Susan Gal

Sydney Taylor Middle Grade Award:

Cover of "Aviva vs the Dybbuk," with illustrated trees blowing in the wind

Aviva vs. the Dybbuk

By Mari Lowe