Additional ALA Awards 2023


Alex Award

[for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences]

  • A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (Pamela Dorman/Penguin Random House)
  • Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins*)
  • I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (Simon)
  • Chef's Kiss by Jarrett Melendez, illustrated by Danica Brine (Oni/Oni-Lion Forge)
  • True Biz by Sara Nović (Random House)
  • Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser, illustrated by Robyn Smith (Chronicle)
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Tor/Tom Doherty/Macmillan)
  • The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere. by James Spooner (Harper/HarperCollins*)
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins*)
  • Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora (Hogarth/Random House)


The ALSC Children's Literature Lecture

[an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature]

Rita Williams-Garcia


Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

[for promoting Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage; awarded based on literary and artistic merit; administered by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)]

Picture Book winner: From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Rachel Wada (Carolrhoda)

Honor book: Nana, Nenek & Nina written and illustrated by Liza Ferneyhough (Dial)

Children's Literature winner: Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee (Random House)

Honor book: Troublemaker by John Cho, with Sarah Suk (Little, Brown)

Young Adult Literature winner: Himawari House written and illustrated by Harmony Becker (First Second)

Honor book: The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho (HarperTeen*)


Mildred L. Batchelder Award

[for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publiation in the United States]

Winner: Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II, written by Lia Levi, illustrated by Jess Mason, translated from Italian by Sylvia Notini (HarperCollins*)

Honor books:

  • João by a Thread written and illustrated by Roger Mello, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn (Elsewhere Editions)
  • Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War written by Mónica Montañés, illustrated by Eva Sánchez Gómez, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel (Eerdmans)
  • Dragonfly Eyes written by Cao Wenxuan, translated from Chinese by Helen Wang (Candlewick)


Children's Literature Legacy Award

[honoring an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children's lives and experiences]

James E. Ransome


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

[given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force to young authors or illustrators who demonstrate outstanding promise]

Steptoe Author Award winner: Jas Hammonds for We Deserve Monuments (Roaring Brook)

Steptoe Illustrator Award winner: Janelle Washington for Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement (Roaring Brook), written by Angela Joy


Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

[given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force for lifetime achievement]

Claudette McLinn


Margaret A. Edwards Award

[for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults]

Jason Reynolds


William C. Morris Award

[for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens]

Winner: The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum (Philomel)


  • The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson [Métis/white] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins*)
  • Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne (Wednesday/St. Martin's)
  • The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins*)
  • Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen)


Odyssey Award

[for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States]

Winner for children: Stuntboy, in the Meantime written by Jason Reynolds, read by Guy Lockard, Nile Bullock, and Angel Pean with a full cast (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Winner for young adults: The Honeys written by Ryan La Sala, read by Pete Cross (Scholastic Audio)

Honor audiobooks:

  • Inheritance: A Visual Poem written and read by Elizabeth Acevedo (Quill Books/HarperAudio*)
  • Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel written by Leigh Bardugo, adaptation by Garet Scott, read by Ben Barnes and a full cast (Macmillan Young Listeners/Macmillan Audio)
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold and read by Mac Barnett (Weston Woods/Scholastic Audio)
  • The First Helping (Lunch Lady Books 1 & 2) written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, narrated by Kate Flannery, the author and a full cast (Listening LIbrary/Penguin Random House Audio)


Schneider Family Book Award

[for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience]

Young Children (ages 0 to 8) winner: Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth (Dial)

Honor books:

  • In the Blue written and illustrated by Erin Hourigan (Little, Brown)

Middle Grades (ages 9-13) winner: Wildoak by C. C. Harrington (Scholastic)

Honor books:

  • Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic)
  • Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn (Bloomsbury)

Teen (ages 14-18) winner: The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart (Delacorte)

Honor books:

  • Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester (Clarion/HarperCollins*)


Stonewall Book Award — Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award

[given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience]

Children's Literature Winner:

  • Love, Violet written by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Farrar)

Honor books:

  • The Real Riley Mayes written and illustrated by Rachel Elliott (Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins*)
  • Strong written by Rob Kearney and Eric Rosswood, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani (Little, Brown)
  • In the Key of Us written by Mariama J. Lockington (Farrar)
  • Kapaemahu written by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson, illustrated by Daniel Sousa (Kokila/Penguin)

Young Adult Literature Winner:

  • When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Levine Querido)

Honor books:

  • The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson [Métis/white] (Heartdrum/HarperCollins*)
  • Man o' War by Cory McCarthy (Dutton)
  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (Wednesday/St. Martin's)
  • Kings of B'more by R. Eric Thomas (Kokila/Penguin)


Sydney Taylor Book Awards

[to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience; presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)]

Picture Book winner: The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Gal (Scholastic)

Honor books:

  • Big Dreams, Small Fish written and illustrated by Paula Cohen (Levine Querido)
  • The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda by Shoshana Nambi, illustrated by Moran Yogev (Kalaniot/Endless Mountains)
  • Sitting Shiva by Erin Silver, illustrated by Michelle Theodore (Orca)

Middle Grade winner: Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe (Levine Querido)

Honor books:

  • Honey and Me by Meira Drazin (Scholastic)
  • Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack (Versify/HarperCollins*)
  • Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass (Little, Brown)

Young Adult winner: When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Levine Querido)

Honor book:

  • My Fine Fellow: A Delicious Entanglement by Jennieke Cohen (HarperTeen*)
  • Some Kind of Hate by Sarah Darer Littman (Scholastic)
  • Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds (Razorbill/Penguin)

For the complete list, including Notables, visit AJL's website.


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner: Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Norton)


  • Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau (Little, Brown)
  • A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley (Farrar)
  • American Murderer: The Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow (Calkins Creek)
  • Abuela, Don't Forget Me by Rex Ogle (Norton)


*HarperCollins Union members (UAW Local 2110) continue to be on strike.


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