2023 Youth Media Award Winners!

It’s been an amazing year for children’s literature! Check out all of the wonderful titles that have won awards!

newbery medal

John Newbery Medal


Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson


Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

caldecott medal

Randolph Caldecott Medal


Hot Dog illustrated by Doug Salati


Ain’t Burned All the Bright illustrated by Jason Griffin

Berry Song illustrated by Michaela Goade

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Janelle Washington

Knight Owl illustrated by Christopher Denise

geisel award

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award


I Did it! by Michael Emberley


Fish and Wave by Sergio Ruzzier

Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai

Owl and Penguin by Vikram Madan

A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis 

coretta scott king award

Coretta Scott King Book Award

Winner (Illustrator Award):

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual illustrated by Frank Morrison

Honors (Illustrator Awards):

Me and the Boss: A Story about Mending and Love illustrated by April Harrison

Swim Team illustrated by Johnnie Christmas

Victory. Stand! : Raising My Fist for Justice illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile


Winner (Author Award):

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Honors (Author Awards):

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi

The Talk by Alicia D. Williams

Victory. Stand! : Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes

robert sibert medal

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal


Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge


Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy

A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis 

Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Mara Rockliff

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel

schneider family book award

Schneider Family Book Award

Winner (Young Children):

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker

Honor (Young Children):

In the Blue by Erin Hourigan


Winner (Middle Grades):

Wildoak by C.C. Harrington

Honors (Middle Grades):

Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn

pura belpre award

Pura Belpré Award

Winner (Illustrator):

Where Wonder Grows illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

Honors (Illustrator):

The Coquíes Still Sing illustrated by Krystal Quiles

A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land illustrated by Mirelle Ortega

Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez illustrated by Loris Lora

Srta. Quinces illustrated by Kat Fajardo

Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando illustrated by Magdalena Mora


Winner (Author):

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega

Honors (Author):

The Coquíes Still Sing by Karina Nicole González

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border by Stephen Briseño

Tumble by Celia C. Pérez

stonewall book award

Stonewall Book Award


Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild


In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington

Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

The Real Riley Mayes by Rachel Elliott

Strong by Rob Kearney & Eric Rosswood

Published by on January 30, 2023
Last Modified July 21, 2024