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 2017 calendar year will be considered.

Deadline: January 15


Call for Submissions


The ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards: Celebrating 40 Years of Extraordinary Books

Two Versions of Myself: What It Means to Win an ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award by Lindsay Eagar

Recent recipients


Lori Preusch
Delivering Dreams

Primary Fiction: Delivering Dreams by Lori Preusch (Dandelion)

Aimée Bissonette Eileen Ryan Ewen
Miss Colfax's Light

Primary Nonfiction: Miss Colfax's Light by Aimée Bissonette, Ill. Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear)

Lindsay Eagar
Hour of the Bees

Intermediate Fiction: Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Candlewick)

Reyna Grande
The Distance Between Us

Intermediate Nonfiction: The Distance Between Us (Young Readers Edition) by Reyna Grande (Aladdin)

Jeff Zentner
The Serpent King

Young Adult Fiction: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)

Nicolaia Rips
Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel

Young Adult Nonfiction: Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel by Nicolaia Rips (Scribner)


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


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


Primary Fiction: Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty (Boyds Mills Press)
Primary Nonfiction: War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus by Kathryn Selbert (Charlesbridge)
Intermediate Fiction: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstilskin by Liesl Shurtliff (Knopf)
Intermediate Nonfiction: Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian McLachlan (Owlkids)
Young Adult Fiction: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin's Griffin)
Young Adult Nonfiction: No award given


Primary Fiction: One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson (Minnesota Historical Society)
Primary Nonfiction: Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds and Ryan O'Rourke (Charlesbridge)
Intermediate Fiction: Privateer's Apprentice by Susan Verrico (Peachtree)
Intermediate Nonfiction: Young Scientist's Guide to Defying Disasters with Skill and Daring by James Doyle (Gibbs Smith, 2012)
Young Adult Fiction: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara (Simon & Schuster)
Young Adult Nonfiction: We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson (Peachtree)

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