Book Awards

Wyoming Book Awards

Indian Paintbrush Award

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Soaring Eagle Book Award will provide the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades 7-12 to select a favorite book and honor its author. Its purpose is to help Wyoming students in grades 4-7

  • Become acquainted with the best contemporary authors
  • Become aware of the qualities that make a good book
  • Choose the best rather than the mediocre
  • Set a goal to read at least three good books
  • To honor an author whose books Wyoming students have enjoyed
2017-2018 Indian Paintbrush Winners

Winner: Kwame Alexander - The Crossover

1st Runner-up:Sara Pennypacker - Pax

2nd Runner-up:Barbara O'Connor - Wish

Buckaroo Book Award

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Buckaroo Book Award will provide the opportunity for Wyoming children in grades K-3 to select favorite books they have read or have listened to and to honor the authors of these books. Its purpose is to help Wyoming students in grades K-3:

  • Become acquainted with the best contemporary authors
  • Become aware of the qualities of good books
  • Accustom younger children to concepts of choice, critical reading, and voting procedures which will help them participate in choosing other book awards
  • To honor an author whose book has been enjoyed by Wyoming children

2017-2018 Buckaroo Award Winners:

Winner:Patrick McDonnell - A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

1st Runner-up: Maria Gianferrarie - Coyote Moon

2nd Runner-up: Shannon Hale & Dean Hale - The Princess in Black

Soaring Eagle Book Award

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Soaring Eagle Book Award will provide the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades 7-12 to select a favorite book and honor its author.

2017-2018 Soaring Eagle Winners:

Winner:Neal Shusterman- Scythe

1st Runner-up:Monica Hesse - Girl in the Blue Coat

2nd Runner-up: Gary Schmidt - Orbiting Jupiter

National Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Book Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee. The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Author Award:Renee Watson - Piecing Me Together

Illustrator Award:Ekua Holmes- Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The 2018 Newbery Medal winner is Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.