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 2018 calendar year will be considered.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Call for Submissions

Guidelines

Application

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

2018

Corinna Luyken
The Book of Mistakes

Primary Fiction: The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken (Dial)

Matt Lamothe
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World

Primary Nonfiction: This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe (Chronicle)

Stephanie Graegin
Little Fox in the Forest

Primary Fiction Honor: Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade)

Paul Mosier
Train I Ride

Intermediate Fiction: Train I Ride by Paul Mosier (HarperCollins Children's)

Emma Otheguy
Martí's Song for Freedom

Intermediate Nonfiction: Martí's Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy (Lee & Low)

Jane O’Reilly
The Notations of Cooper Cameron

Intermediate Fiction Honor: The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O'Reilly (Carolrhoda)

Julia Walton
Words on Bathroom Walls

Young Adult Fiction: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (Random House Children's)

Allison Britz
Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life With OCD

Young Adult Nonfiction: Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life With OCD by Allison Britz (Simon & Schuster)

Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give

Young Adult Fiction Honor: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Children's)

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

2014

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

For additional information, contact ILAAwards@reading.org.