• image of Alex Award logo  Alex Award
    For books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
    image of Batchelder Award  Batchelder Award 
    The Mildred L. Batchelder Award goes to an outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world. 
    picture of Horn Book sear  Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
    Awards for excellence in literature for children and young adults in three categories: Picture Book; Fiction and Poetry; and Nonfiction. Eligible books must be published in the United States, though they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.
    Caldecott Award seal Caldecott Medal
    The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
    picture of Corretta Scott King medal  Coretta Scott King Award
    The Award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honors his widow, Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing the work for peace and world brotherhood. 
    Edgar Award  Edgar Award
    The Edgar Allan Poe Awards® (the "Edgars®") are named after the Mystery Writers of America's patron saint, Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the mystery genre. Click to find past winners in certain categories. 
    picture of Hans Christian Andersen medal  Hans Christian Andersen Awards 
    Every other year IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards to an author and an illustrator, living at the time of the nomination, whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. Often called the "Little Nobel Prize", the Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the Patron of the Andersen Awards.
    picture of John Steptoe  John Steptoe Award for New Talent
    The John Steptoe Award for New Talent, given to a black author and to a black illustrator for an outstanding book, is designed to bring visibility to a writer or artist at the beginning of his/her career as a published book creator. 
    Picture of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal  Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
    Honors an author or illustrator whose books are published in the U.S. and have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The award was given every five years between 1960 and 1980; it is now given every three years. Not a book list, but an author list!
    poetry award Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
    The Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry shall be granted annually to an anthology of poetry or a single volume poem published for children by a living American poet or anthologist. It shall be administered by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Penn State University Libraries.
    picture of Margaret Edwards  Margaret A. Edwards Award
    The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author's lifetime achievement for writing books that have been popular over a period of time. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. 
    picture of Mythopoeic Society seal  The Mythopoeic Awards
    The Mythopoeic Awards are awarded annually by the Mythopoeic Society, which is dedicated to the study, discussion and enjoyment of fantasy and mythic literature. Click on the link and page down to "Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature" for youth titles.
    Picture of the National Book Award medal  National Book Award
    One of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes, the National Book Award is given by the National Book Foundation. The awards are given in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and "young people's literature", i.e., the award recognizes books for both adults and for young people. 
    NCTE Award for Poetry  NCTE Award for Poetry for Children

    The National Council of Teachers of English honors a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13. The award is presented by the Poetry Committee Chair every three years during the Books for Children Luncheon at the NCTE Annual Convention in November. 
    New York Times New York Times 100 Notable Books

    The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed in the NYT in the past year. The list provides links to those reviews. Click to view the list for 
    New York Times  New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books

    The New York Times Book Review releases its annual list of the best illustrated books for kids each November as a "Holiday Gift Guide." See the slideshow or list for 2010
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    Newbery Award seal  Newbery Medal
    The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 
    picture of Orbis Pictus seal  Orbis Pictus Award Winners for Children's Non-fiction

    An award for non-fiction, "true" books that are written for children and young adults. Click on the link and page down to "Related Information" for links to award winners in 1997 to 2003.
      Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

    These books were selected as outstanding science books by members of a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with The Children’s Book Council (CBC). 
    picture of Phoenix Award seal  Phoenix Award
    Awarded annually to a book originally published in English twenty years previously which did not receive a major award at the time of its publication. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them.
    Printz Award seal Printz Award
    The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature--a young adult version of the Newbery Award, if you will.
    Picture of the Pura Belpre medal  Pura Belpré Awards
    The Pura Belpré Awards recognizes a Latino or Latina writer or illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino culture in a children's book.
      Quick Picks
    Quick reads, mostly under 100 pages, to read just for fun.
    O'Dell Award  Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

    Scott O' Dell established this award to encourage new authors to write historical fiction. He believes such books help children to better understand the historical backdrop behind what has gone on in history. The award is presented to a children's or young adult book published in English by a U.S. publisher and set in the Americas.
    Sibert Medal  Sibert Medal
    The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc.
    Smithsonian Smithsonian Notable Books for Children 
    Click to view the list for: 2009200819971995.
    Geisel Award Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
    The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
      YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA)
    A general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult, ages 12 to 18.