Children’s Book Award Winners
Many awards are given annually to Children’s Books. Below are prominent national awards for different genre’s or interest areas. These are thought to be the best of the best in children’s books and worth checking out if a title or description resonate with you.
AMELIA BLOOMER AWARD
Amelia Bloomer Award books show girls and women exploring exciting ways to solve practical dilemmas through the courage of their convictions. All of them spur the imagination and expand the limits of dreams while confronting traditional female stereotypes. Awards are selected by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States. This award is made “to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages.”
The Caldecott Medal is presented to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The 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,
CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARD
These awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
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. It is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
PURA BELPRE AWARD
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
SIBERT INFORMATIONAL BOOK MEDAL
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. Association for Library Service to Children administers the award.
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD
These awards are 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. It is recognition for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.