Penguin Random House ALA Midwinter Award Winners & Honorees for Elementary Education

By Kaitlyn Spotts | February 17 2021 | General

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter announced their 2021 literary award winners and honorees at its virtual annual meeting. Below you can find which Penguin Random House titles appropriate for Elementary School students were among the winners.

To see which Middle School and High School titles were honored, click here.


John Newbery Medal

When You Trap a Tiger

Newbery Honor

Fighting Words

Caldecott Honor

The Cat Man of Aleppo

Coretta Scott King – Author Award

Before the Ever After

Coretta Scott King – Author Honor

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box

Geisel Honor

The Bear in My Family

Where’s Baby?

Schneider Family Book Award

I Talk Like a River

Schneider Honor

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

When Stars Are Scattered

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Sibert Honor

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Honor

Danbi Leads the School Parade

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Children’s Literature

When You Trap a Tiger

Sydney Taylor Award Picture Book Winner 

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail

When You Trap a Tiger
Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal
978-1-5247-1570-0
WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE   Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.
$16.99 US
Jan 28, 2020
Hardcover
304 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Grades 3-7

Fighting Words
978-1-9848-1568-2
*Newbery Honor Book*   A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by two-time Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved My Life Kirkus Prize Finalist Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Booklist Best Book of the Year Kirkus Best Book of the Year BookPage Best Book of the Year New York Public Library Best Book of the Year Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year Golden Kite Honor Book A Rise: Feminist Book Project Selection An ALSC Notable Book A Junior Library Guild Selection   "Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary, a must-read for children and their adults--a total triumph in all ways." —Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
$17.99 US
Aug 11, 2020
Hardcover
272 Pages
Dial Books
Grade 5 & Up

The Cat Man of Aleppo
978-1-9848-1378-7
The Caldecott Honor-winning true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War courageously offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.  
$17.99 US
Apr 14, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Preschool - 3

Before the Ever After
978-0-399-54543-6
WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD!   National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies.
$17.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
Hardcover
176 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Grade 5 & Up

Lifting as We Climb
Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box
978-0-451-48154-2
For African American women, the fight for the right to vote was only one battle. This Coretta Scott King Author Honor book tells the important, overlooked story of black women as a force in the suffrage movement--when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle.
$19.99 US
Apr 21, 2020
Hardcover
176 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Grade 5 & Up

The Bear in My Family
978-0-525-55582-7
An overbearing older sibling can really be a bear, but the child in this understated, gently humorous story finds out that they can have their advantages, too.
$17.99 US
Mar 10, 2020
Hardcover
32 Pages
Dial Books
Preschool - 3

I Talk Like a River
978-0-8234-4559-2
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award   What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to?   Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing. A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year
$18.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Preschool - 3

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
978-0-525-55418-9
In this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, Vivy Cohen won't let autism stop her from playing baseball--not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.
$17.99 US
Feb 25, 2020
Hardcover
336 Pages
Dial Books
Grades 3-7

When Stars Are Scattered
978-0-525-55391-5
National Book Award Finalist Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.
$20.99 US
Apr 14, 2020
Hardcover
264 Pages
Dial Books
Grades 4-7

Honeybee
The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
978-0-8234-4285-0
Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner   Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life!
$18.99 US
Feb 04, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Grades 1-4

How We Got to the Moon
The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure
978-0-525-64741-6
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • YALSA EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FINALIST • A ROBERT F. SIBERT HONOR BOOK This beautifully illustrated, oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing by award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco (illustrator of the Percy Jackson series) is a must-have for space fans, classrooms, and tech geeks.
$29.99 US
Oct 06, 2020
Hardcover
264 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
Grade 5 & Up

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
978-1-5247-7187-4
Winner of the American Library Association's 2021 Asian/Pacific American Award for Best Picture Book!   An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life.
$17.99 US
Sep 24, 2019
Hardcover
40 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Preschool - 3


Welcoming Elijah
A Passover Tale with a Tail
978-1-58089-882-9
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award, Welcoming Elijah by celebrated author Lesléa Newman, unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.
$16.99 US
Jan 28, 2020
Hardcover
32 Pages
Charlesbridge
Grades K-3

Where's Baby?
978-0-7352-6498-4
A 2020 Geisel Honor book!   Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight . . . but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother?
$17.99 US
Jan 07, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Tundra Books
Preschool - 2

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