The ALA Youth Media Awards are given out to the best books of the year in late January. These books are chosen by library media specialists, book reviewers, and others in various book-related jobs. This year many awards were given out. You can find them all on ilovelibraries.org , but here are a few of the big awards given.
Newbery Award - Given to the best written children's book
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Caldecott Award - Given to the best illustrated children's book
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated by Dan Santat
Printz Award - Given to the best written young adult book
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson