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 2019 calendar year will be considered.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

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


Jessica Love
Julián Is a Mermaid

Primary Fiction: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick Press)

Monica Clark-Robinson
Let the Children March

Primary Nonfiction: Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Juana Martinez-Neal
Alma and How She Got Her Name

Primary Fiction Honor: Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick Press)

Jane McGuinness
Prickly Hedgehogs!

Primary Nonfiction Honor: Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness (Candlewick Press)

Lisa Lewis Tyre
Hope in the Holler

Intermediate Fiction: Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre (Penguin Young Readers)

Erica Fyvie
Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle
Intermediate Nonfiction: Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle by Erica Fyvie (Kids Can Press)
Adrienne Kisner
Dear Rachel Maddow: A Novel

Young Adult Fiction: Dear Rachel Maddow: A Novel by Adrienne Kisner (Feiwel & Friends)

Chessy Prout
Jenn Abelson
I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

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)

Ashley Woodfolk
The Beauty That Remains
Young Adult Fiction Honor: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (Random House Children’s Books)


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)


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)


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

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