Wyoming Book Awards

Indian Paintbrush Award

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

2019 Indian Paintbrush Winners

indian paintbrush 2019

  • Winner: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - The War That Saved My Life
  • 1st Runner-up: Gordon Korman - Restart
  • 2nd Runner-up: Dusti Bowling - Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

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 Kindergarten through 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

2019 Buckaroo Award Winners

Buckaroo 2019

  • Winner: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
  • 1st Runner-Up: Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  • 2nd Runner-Up: The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

2018 Buckaroo Award Winners

  • Winner: Patrick McDonnell - A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
  • 1st Runner-up: Maria Gianferrarie - Coyote Moon
  • 2nd Runner-up: Shannon Hale and 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 through 12 to select a favorite book and honor its author.

2019 Soaring Eagle Winners

Soaring Eagle 2019

  • Winner: Jason Reynolds - Long Way Down
  • 1st Runner-up: Alan Gratz - Project 1065
  • 2nd Runner-up: Blake Kendare - Three Dark Crowns

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.

2019 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

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  • 2019 Author Winner: Claire Hartfield - A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 
  • 2019 Illustrator Winner: Ekua Holmes - The Stuff of Stars 

2018 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

  • 2018 Author Award: Renee Watson - Piecing Me Together
  • 2018 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.

2019 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner

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  • 2019 Winner: Sophie Blackall - Hello Lighthouse  
  • 2018 Winner: Matthew Cordell - Wolf in the Snow 

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.

2019 Newbery Medal Winner

Newberry Medal 2019

  • 2019 Winner: Medina, Meg - Merci Suárez Changes Gears
  • 2018 Winner: Erin Entrada Kelly - Hello, Universe