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 categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Books from all countries and published in English for the first time during the 2016 calendar year will be considered.

Deadline: January 15

Application

Call for Submissions

Guidelines

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

"Until Now, I Was the Riffraff: What It Means to Win the ILA Young Adult Fiction Award" by Tawni Waters

Recent recipients

2016

Sangmi Ko
A Dog Wearing Shoes

Primary Fiction: A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko (Schwartz & Wade)

Lindsay Mattick Sophie Blackall
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Primary Nonfiction: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, Ill. Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown and Company)

Beth Vrabel Ronald L. Smith
A Blind Guide To Stinkville Hoodoo

Intermediate Fiction: A Blind Guide To Stinkville by Beth Vrabel (Sky Pony Press)
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith (Clarion Books)

Laura A. Woollett
Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth

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)

Lance Rubin
Denton's Little Death Date

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, illustrated by 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

2013

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)

2012

Primary Fiction: Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage (Scholastic)
Primary Nonfiction: My Hand Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey by Jeanne Walker Harvey (Marshall Cavendish)
Intermediate Fiction: Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Conner (Putnam) and Flyaway by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House/Scholastic)
Intermediate Nonfiction: No award given
Young Adult Fiction: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel)
Young Adult Nonfiction: How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg (Walker)