Awards & Grants

ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards are intended for newly published authors who show unusual promise in the children's and young adults' book field. Awards are given for fiction and nonfiction in each of three (3) categories: Primary, Intermediate, and Young Adult. Books from all countries and published in English for the first time during the 2020 calendar year will be considered.

Deadline: January 8, 2021

Call for Submissions

Guidelines

Application

Recent recipients

2020

Susan Edwards Richmond 
Bird Count 

Primary Fiction: Bird Count by Susan Edwards Richmond (Peachtree Publishing Company Inc)

Beth Mills
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen 

Primary Fiction Honor: Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills (Lerner Publishing Group)

Ashley Benham Yazdani
A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park

Primary Nonfiction: A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani (Candlewick Express)

Teresa Robeson
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

Primary Nonfiction Honor: Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson (Sterling Publishing)

Gillian McDunn 
Caterpillar Summer 

Intermediate Fiction: Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn (Bloomsbury USA)

Aimee Lucido 
Emmy in the Key of Code 

Intermediate Fiction Honor: Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Amy Rebecca Tan 
A Kind of Paradise 

Intermediate Fiction Honor: A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan (Harper Collins Children's Books)

Nonfiction: No award given this year

Kimberly Gabriel 
Every Stolen Breath 

Young Adult Fiction: Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel (Blink)

Kathleen Glasgow 
How to Make Friends With the Dark 

Young Adult Fiction Honor: How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow (RH Children's)

Victoria Ortiz 
Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life & Work 

Young Adult Nonfiction: Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

2019

Primary Fiction: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick Press)
Primary Nonfiction: Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Primary Fiction Honor: Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick Press)
Primary Nonfiction Honor: Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness (Candlewick Press)
Intermediate Fiction: Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre (Penguin Young Readers)
Intermediate Nonfiction: Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle by Erica Fyvie (Kids Can Press) Young Adult Fiction: Dear Rachel Maddow: A Novel by Adrienne Kisner (Feiwel & Friends)
Young Adult Nonfiction: I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson (Margaret K. McElderry)
Young Adult Fiction Honor: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (Random House Children's Books)

2018

Primary Fiction: The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken (Dial)
Primary Nonfiction: This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe (Chronicle)
Intermediate Fiction: Train I Ride by Paul Mosier (HarperCollins Children's)
Intermediate Nonfiction: Martí's Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy (Lee & Low)
Young Adult Fiction: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (Random House Children's)
Young Adult Nonfiction: Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life With OCD by Allison Britz (Simon & Schuster)

2017

Primary Fiction: Delivering Dreams by Lori Preusch (Dandelion)
Primary Nonfiction: Miss Colfax's Light by Aimée Bissonette, Ill. Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear)
Intermediate Fiction: Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Candlewick)
Intermediate Nonfiction: The Distance Between Us (Young Readers Edition) by Reyna Grande (Aladdin)
Young Adult Fiction: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)
Young Adult Nonfiction: Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel by Nicolaia Rips (Scribner)

2016

Primary Fiction: A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko (Schwartz & Wade)
Primary Nonfiction: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, Ill. Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown and Company)
Intermediate Fiction: A Blind Guide To Stinkville by Beth Vrabel (Sky Pony Press)
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith (Clarion Books)
Intermediate Nonfiction: Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth by Laura A. Woollett (Chicago Review Press)
Young Adult Fiction: Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin (Alfred A. Knopf)
Young Adult Nonfiction: No award given

2015

Primary Fiction: Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt, Ill. Vin Vogel (Flashlight Press)
Primary Nonfiction: Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall (Abordale Publishing)
Intermediate Fiction: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet Books)
Intermediate Nonfiction: The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology That Changed the World by Cheryl Mullenbach (Chicago Review Press, Inc.)
Young Adult Fiction: Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters (Simon Pulse)
Young Adult Nonfiction: No award given

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