The American Library Association's
2013 Children's Book Awards
Learn more about the awards, including previous winners
The (John) Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao. Ivan, a silverback gorilla, poignantly narrates life at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. After a tragedy, Ivan can no longer ignore the deplorable conditions of their captivity and must become the great leader he was born to be.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
(Randolph) Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Using digital effects and Chinese ink, Klassen depicts the dark depths of the ocean where a tiny fish brags about stealing a hat from a large fish. As the tiny thief narrates the certainty of his get-away the images tell a different story.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by David Small.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States.
Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long. This inventive lift-the-flap book portrays antonyms with simple vocabulary and cartoon-like birds.
Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems.
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons created & illustrated by James Dean; story by Eric Litwin.
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell.
(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book.
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. This dramatic account details the creation of the atomic bomb, including military operations, scientists, and espionage.
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd.
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Bryan Collier. The stunning mixed media and collage illustrations and Hughes’s powerful poem portrays 1920s America through the eyes of the Pullman Porters.
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers.
Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons; illustrated by Daniel Minter.
I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson.
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; paintings by Brian Pinkney. Pinkney tells the stories of ten prominent African American men whose lives shaped U.S. history.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; artwork by R. Gregory Christie.
(Pura) Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by David Diaz. The vibrant mixed media illustrations movingly depict the life of Martín de Porres, a bi-racial monk who served the poor and was the first black saint in the Americas.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. In 1987, two seemingly opposite boys forge a deep bond. When Dante’s feelings for Ari come to light and tragedy strikes, Ari must decide the type of person he wants to be.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano.
Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences in three age categories (Age 0-8; Age 9-13; and teens).
Back to Front and Upside Down! by Claire Alexander. Stan has difficulty writing. His letters seem to go upside and down and back to front. Stan tries to hide the problem, until he learns that it is ok to ask for help.
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean.
It’s been a year since her mother died and Cally Fisher’s father and brother don’t want to talk about the loss so Cally stops talking altogether. When she begins building new friendships with Sam, who is blind, and a scraggly dog, she begins to heal.
Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis. Ben is wounded and trying to recover from a traumatic brain injury that occurred while serving in Iraq. Although he will never be the person he once was this is the story of his struggle and transformation.