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Juvenile Literature: Awards

Literature/Media Awards

Award First Presented Sponsor Criteria
Alex Awards 1998 YALSA Given to adult books that also appeal to readers ages 12-18
American Indian Youth Literature Awards 2006 AILA Presented biannually for the best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America
Americas Awards 1993 CLASP Honors books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States
Arab American Book Awards 2007 Arab American National Museum Honors books by and about Arab Americans
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 2001 APALA Honors works about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage
(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award 1968 ALSC Given to U.S. publisher for translation and publication of a children's book originating outside the U.S.
Caldecott Medal 1938 ALSC Awarded annually to artist of the most distinguished picture book for children
Carnegie Medal (UK) 1938 CILIP Outstanding book written in English for children and young adults
(Andrew) Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video 1991-2017 ALSC Awarded to the video producer of outstanding productions for children
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards 1974 NCSS Children's and young adult social studies books
The Christopher Awards 1949 The Christophers Recognizes books and media that affirm the highest values of the human spirit
Coretta Scott King Book Awards 1970 EMIERT Awarded to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults whose work represents and appreciation of African American culture
Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award 2000 DADD/CEC Recognize works about individuals with developmental disabilities
Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media 2019 ALSC Awarded to a digital media producer of outstanding works for early learning
Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction 2010 YALSA Best nonfiction for ages 12-18
Ezra Jack Keats Award 1985 (writer), 2001 (illustrator) Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Recognizes emerging talent in children's literature
(Theodore Seuss) Geisel Award 2006 ALSC Awarded to author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most outstanding beginning reader book published in English in the United States
Golden Duck Awards: Picture, Eleanor Cameron (Chapter/MS), & Hal Clement (YA) 1992-2017 LITA Recognition of children's and young adult science fiction titles
Jane Addams Children's Book Award 1953 Jane Addams Peace Association Honors children's literature focused on peace and social justice
John Steptoe New Talent Award 1995 EMIERT Awarded to new talent by the Coretta Scott King Award Committee using similar criteria
Kate Greenaway Medal (UK) 1955 CILIP Awarded for illustration in a children's book
Keystone to Reading Book Award 1985 KSLA Honors children's and young adult titles
Michael L. Printz Award 2000 YALSA Excellence in young adult literature
Middle East Book Award 1999 Middle East Outreach Council Children's and young adult titles that contribute meaningfully to the understanding of the Middle East
National Jewish Book Awards 1950 Jewish Book Council Jewish literature
Newbery Medal 1922 ALSC Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to children's literature
Odyssey Award 2008 ALSC/YALSA Awarded to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults published in English in the United States
Orbis Pictus 1990 NCTE Excellence in nonfiction for children
Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Awards 1992 PSLA Promote reading of quality books by young people in Pennsylvania
Pura Belpre Award 1996 ALSC/REFORMA

Presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best reflects Latino cultural experience

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal 2001 ALSC/Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc Presented to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished nonfiction book for children published in the United States in English
Schneider Family Book Award 2004 ALA Awarded to an author or illustrator for creative representation of children's experiences with disabilities
Stonewall Book Awards 1971 GLBTRT Awarded for exceptional merit relating to the GLBT experience
South Asia Book Award 2012 SANOC Outstanding works on South Asia
Sydney Taylor Book Award 1968 AJL Outstanding children's and young adult books that portray the Jewish experience
Tomas Mexican American Children's Book Award 1995 TSU College of Education Outstanding children's and young adult books that portray the Mexican American Experience
Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature 2016 We Need Diverse Books Diverse books by diverse authors
William C. Morris YA Debut Award 2009 YALSA Honors a book by a first time author for teens


Author/Illustrator Awards

Award First Presented Sponsor Criteria
Children's Literature Legacy Award (formerly the Wilder Medal, 1960-2017) 1960 ALSC Author or illustrator of works published in the United States who has made a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature
Margaret A. Edwards Award 1988 YALSA/SLJ Honors an author for contributions to young adult literature
Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement 2010 EMIERT Presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator, or author/illustrator to recognize their body of work in children's and/or young adult literature


Notable Book Lists

Award First Presented Sponsor Criteria
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2011 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Amelia Bloomer Project 2002 Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA Recommended feminist literature for ages birth-18
Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists 2017 LITA Replaces the Golden Duck Awards
Fabulous Films for Young Adults 1997-2015 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2007 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Guys Read 2001 Jon Scieszka Promoting literature to young males
Notable Books for a Global Society 1996 CL/R SIG of ILA 25 trade books for understanding of people and culture around the world
Notable Children's Books 1995 ALSC Birth through age 14
Notable Children's Digital Media 2018 ALSC Birth through age 14
Notable Children's Recordings 1996 ALSC Birth through age 14
Outstanding Books for the College Bound 1998 ALA Recommended titles for independent and lifelong learning
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 1997-2017 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 1996 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18
Rainbow Book List 2008 GLBT Round Table of ALA Annual list of titles with significant and authentic GLBT content
Skipping Stones 1988 Skipping Stones Multicultural and global education
Teens' Top Ten 2003 YALSA Recommended titles for ages 12-18 nominated and selected by teens
YALSA's Best of the Best 2011 YALSA Best books and media for teens



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