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Children's & Young Adult Awards

Aesop Prize
"The Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades are conferred annually by the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society upon English language books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction."
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Awards given to the best writing and illustrations about American Indians.
Américas Award
Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. "The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States."
Andrew Carnegie Medal
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video "The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, was awarded for the first time in 1991 to honor outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. The annual award is given to the video's producer by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, through a Carnegie endowment."
Association for Library Service to Children - Books
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Books. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Association for Library Service to Children - Recordings
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Children's Recordings. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Association for Library Service to Children - Videos
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Children's Videos. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Ben Franklin Awards
"Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories"
Booklist Editors' Choice
Annual list of best books from Booklist
Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards
"Awarded annually since 1967, the Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature honor outstanding titles in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book."
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."
Carter G. Woodson Award
"The National Council for Social Studies established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for children that depict ethnicity in the United States. The Award hopes to encourage the writing and reading of outstanding books that depict ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately."
Charlotte Zolotow Award
"The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year. Established in 1998, the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books . . . The award is administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison."
Children's Africana Book Awards
Awards focus specifically on books published in the United States about Africa.
Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awards
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awards. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what is believed to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth.
Coretta Scott King Award
"The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library's Association Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciate of the 'American Dream.'"
Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
Recipients of this award must be writers or illustrators who were born in Wisconsin, currently living in Wisconsin, or lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
Golden Archer Awards
The Golden Archer Award is presented to authors of books nominated by students. Nominations are compiled by the WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) Golden Archer Award Committee and sent back to all schools for the students to vote.
Golden Duck Awards
The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature "The Golden Duck Awards consist of three cash awards given annually in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grades (Eleanor Cameron Award), and Young Adult (Hal Clement Award)."
The Golden Kite Award
"The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children's book authors and artists by their fellow authors and artists. Four Golden Kite Statuettes - for fiction, non-fiction, picture book text, and picture-illustration - are awarded each year to the most outstanding children's books published during that year and having been written or illustrated by members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. An Honor Book plaque in each category is awarded as well."
Gryphon Award
"The Gryphon Award of $1,000 is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers." (quote taken from award website)
The Horn Book Fanfare List
Horn Book's annual choices for the best books of the previous year.
Irma Black and James Black Award
The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature "The Award goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole."
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
"The Jane Addams Children's Book Award has been presented annually since 1953 by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association to the children's book of the preceding year that most effectively promotes the cause of peace, social justice and world community."
Michael L. Printz Award
"The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature."
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Established in 1966, this is "awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States."
Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal "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."
Notable Children's Books
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts. Sponsored by the Children's Literature Assembly, which promotes quality literature written for children and recognizes outstanding trade books as the Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts.
Notable Social Studies Books
Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. These books are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.
Odyssey Award
An award for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States.
Orbis Pictus Award
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. "Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, has established an annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus-The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children."
Outstanding International Books
Books for young people that originated or first published outside the United States.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
"The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were selected by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have cooperated on this bibliographic project since 1973."
Pura Belpré Award
"The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."
Quick Picks
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. "The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read." (ALA)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
"The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001, is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year."
SB & F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books
These prizes recognize outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.
Schneider Family Book Award
This award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
School Library Journal
The Best Books from the thousands of books reviewed in SLJ, the editors select those that "represent the best of the year's picture books, fiction, and nonfiction."
Science Writing Award
Award winning children's books in physics and astronomy issued by the American Institute of Physics
Scott O'Dell Award
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. "The annual award of $5,000 goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults."
Skipping Stones Awards
These books "promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understanding of the world's diversity. They also encourage ecological riches..." (quote taken from the website)
Teachers' Choices
(International Reading Association) Each year since 1989 the International Reading Association's Teacher Choices project has identified outstanding trade books published for children and adolescents that teachers find to be exceptional in curriculum use.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Awards given to authors and illustrators of beginning books.
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