Degrees and Certifications:

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Belpré Medal - 2021

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. 

"Efren Divided" - Ernesto Cisneros

Caldecott Award 2021

Given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

"We Are Water Protectors" - Carole Lindstrum

California Young Reader - 2020

California children nominate and vote for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

"Scythe" - Neal Shusterman

"The War I Finally Won" - Kimberely B. Bradley

"Her Right Foot" - Dave Eggers

"The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors" - Drew Daywalt

Coretta Scott King Award 2021

Honors African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

 "ALL the Days Past, All the Days to Come" - Mildred D. Taylor

Newberry Award 2021

Given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 "When You Trap A Tiger" - Tae Keller

 Batchelder Award 2021

Honors an outstanding book translated into English.

 "Telephone Tales" - Gianni Rodari

Geisel Medal 2021 

Honors the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished beginning reader books.

"See the Cat:  Three Stories About a Dog" = David LaRochelle

Odyssey Award Audio Book 2021

Awarded annually to the best audiobook for children and/or young adults. 

"Kent State" - Deborah Wiles

Schneider Family Book Award 2021

Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience.

"This is My Brain in Love" - Teen winner, I.W. Gregorio

Sibert Informational Book Medal 2021

Honors the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished informational book.

"Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Melllifera" - Candance Fleming

Wilder Award 2020

Honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

 "All the Days Past, All the Days to Come"Mildred D. Taylor
Last Modified on June 1, 2021