Find Award-Winning Books on the First Book Marketplace

On Monday, January 29, 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults at the 2019 Youth Media Awards.

Gathering together to watch the ALA Youth Media Award presented live has become a beloved tradition for our staff. We love watching the authors & illustrators we love receive prestigious awards like the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz Awards!

We’re always proud to see books we provide for the educators & kids we serve receive high honors!

Find these titles & more on the First Book Marketplace:

Hello Lighthousewritten and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

This delightful picture book tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his family. It will transport readers to the seaside in timeless nautical splendor and allow them a glimpse into the world of a lighthouse (and those who take care of it)!

Recommended for young readers ages 4-9.

Hello Lighthouse is the 2019 Caldecott Medal winner.



Dreamers / Soñadores – written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture book tribute to the transformative power of hope…and reading. Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

Recommended for young readers ages 4-9.

Dreamers is the 2019 Belpré Illustrator Award winner.


Thank You, Omu! – written and illustrated by Oge Mora

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu’s delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Recommended for young readers ages 4-9.
“Thank you, Omu!” won the 2019 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award and was named a Caldecott Honor Book.



Monday’s Not Coming written by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday Charles is missing, and only her best friend Claudia seems to notice. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? This is a story about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Recommended for young readers ages 13-18.

Monday’s Not Coming won the 2019 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.




Darius the Great Is Not Okaywritten by Adib Khorram

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Recommended for young readers ages 13-18.

Darius the Great Is Not Okaywon the 2019 William C. Morris Award and  the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature.



Visit the First Book Marketplace to find more award-winning titles!

Please note: Due to high demand, several titles selected for recognition may be out of stock – but please keep checking back! Educators within the First Book community will receive an announcement via email when we’ve restocked and added additional titles honored this year.

  • Looking for more outstanding award-winning books, including Caldecott and Newbery winners from previous years? Find them here.
  • See the complete list of ALA Youth Media Award winners.