Albert, Melissa. The Hazel Wood K 10/15/17
Caines, Rachel and Ann Aguirre. Honor Among Thieves. PW 12/4/17
Connor, Leslie. The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle K 10/15/17
Johnson, Terry Lynn. Avalanche! K 10/15/2017
Johnson, Varian The Parker Inheritance SLJ 12/17
Kadohata, Cynthia. Checked. PW 12/4/17
Kelly, Erin Entrada You Go First SLJ 12/17
Konen, Leah. Love and Other Train Wrecks K 10/15/2017
Meriano, Anna. A Dash of Trouble K 10/15/2017
Schrefer, Eliot. Mez's Magic K 10/15/2017
Shabazz, Ilyasah with Renee Watson Betty Before X SLJ 12/17
1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children,
a. Committee members need to consider the following:
Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.
b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.
2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.
3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.
Adopted by the ALSC Board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.