ALA Youth Media Awards! (A Book List)


Each year, the American Library Association announces its Youth Media Awards in January. These highly anticipated awards include the prestigious John Newbery Medal and Randolph Caldecott Medal, but there are also many more high-profile selections.


Here we share each of the books that won in the 2022 Youth Media Awards. It’s important that we note there were many outstanding books that may not have won, but received honors, that are not listed here. There were also other winners, such as digital media awards and author and illustrator recognitions, that we could not fit into this article. We have included a link at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in learning more about these and others.


The best way to organize these titles for the purpose of this article is into three categories: picture books, middle grade fiction, and young adult literature. You and your child may have already read some of these books, but we hope you can also find something new and wonderful to discover together. Enjoy!


Picture Books

Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Written by Andrea Wang.

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (picture book winner). The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. This book won both the King Awards for author and illustrator.


The Me I Choose To Be illustrated by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt

Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award. Written by Natashia Anastasia Tarpley.