Interviews with the Winners: 2018 Newbery & Caldecott Awards

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards includes more than 20 different honors.  Among them are some of the most prestigious awards offered for authors and illustrators specializing in works for children and young adults, such as the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

Siân Gaetano, the Children's and YA editor of Shelf Awareness, reached out to these award winners this year shortly after they were notified of their prizes.

Read The Interviews


The Golden Man Booker Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence

Friday, February 16th, 2018

To celebrate the 50th year of the Man Booker Prize, a special one-time award—the Golden Man Booker—has been announced.  The winner will be drawn from the previous five decades of Man Booker Prize winning titles.  A panel of five judges has been appointed by the Man Booker Foundation to narrow down the selections to a top pick for each decade, and these top five will go up for...

Learn More


2018 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The American Library Association Presents the 2017 Youth Media Awards

Today, the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards, a series of honors recognizing writers and illustrators of children's and young adult literature. 

These awards include such prestigious honors as the Coretta Scott King Awards, Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and Printz Award.  Are your favorites among the winners?

See the Winners


Happy Birthday, Alice Walker!

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Happy 74th birthday to award-winning writer Alice Walker, best known for her novel The Color Purple.

Alice Walker grew up in a large family (she was the youngest of eight children) in Georgia.  Her parents were sharecroppers, and with Jim Crow laws still prevalent, education for black children like Walker and her siblings was discouraged.  Her mother, however, was adamant that her daughter would continue her studies.  By the time she was four, Walker had already been enrolled in...

Read More


Introducing the National Book Award for Translation

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The National Book Award, one of America's most prestigious literary awards, has traditionally been awarded in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.  Now, a fifth category has been added.  In 2018, the National Book Foundation will present its first ever National Book Award for Literature in Translation.

Read More