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Book Awards: Information and Links
Catherine Jewel Wilterding

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Aesop Prize
First Award -- 1992
Selection Criteria
This annual honor is given for to the most outstanding book or books incorporating folklore and published in English for children or young adults. The Aesop Prize committee also compiles the Aesop Accolade List, an annual roster of exceptional books from among Aesop Prize nominees.
Grantor: The Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.afsnet.org/sections/children/ -- from the American Folklore Society
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Alex Awards
First Award -- 1998
Selection Criteria
Funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, this annual award is given to ten adult books that will be enjoyed by young adults, ages twelve through eighteen. The titles are selected by the YALSA Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force from the previous year's publishing.
Grantor:Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex -- from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
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Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
First Award -- 1993
Selection Criteria
An award given in recognition of a U.S. work in English or Spanish which "authentically and engagingly presents the experience of individuals in Latin America or the Caribbean, or of Latinos in the United States."
Grantor: The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/CLACS/outreach/americas.html -- from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
First Award -- 1967
Selection Criteria
Awarded annually to selected winners in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction.
Grantors: The Boston Globe (newspaper) and Horn Book, Inc. (literary magazines)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.hbook.com/awards/bghb/default.asp -- from Horn Book, Inc.
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Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement
First Award -- 1987
Selection Criteria
An annual award named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. The Stoker Awards are non-juried awards, which are given in to books from many genres (i.e. nonfiction, fiction, young readers books, illustrated narrative, etc.). Any work of horror first published in the English language may be considered for a Stoker, and the Horror Writer's Association membership at large recommends worthy works for consideration.
Grantor: Horror Writer's Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.horror.org/stokers.htm -- from the Horror Writer's Assocation
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Caldecott Award
First Award -- 1938
Selection Criteria
An annual award (named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott) presented to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in the preceding year.
Grantor: American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html -- from the American Library Association
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Carter G. Woodson Award
First Award -- 1974
Selection Criteria
This annual award is given to the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. The award was named after Carter G. Woodson, a historian, author, and editor who helped increase interest in African-American studies and founded Black History Week which later became Black History Month.
Grantor: National Council of Social Studies
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson/ -- from the National Council for the Social Studies
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Charlotte Zolotow Award
First Award -- 1998
Selection Criteria
This annual award is given to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States. Established in 1998, the award is named in honor of Charlotte Zolotow, who was a children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books and author of over 70 picture books.
Grantor: Cooperative Children's Book Center
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/czlist.asp -- from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/authors/lecture/czlecture.asp -- from the CCBC
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Coretta Scott King Award
First Author Award -- 1970
First Illustrator Award -- 1974
Selection Criteria
This award is designed to commemorate the life, works and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue that work for peace and world brotherhood. The award is presented to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution published during the previous year.
Grantor: American Library Association (Social Responsibilities Round Table)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/emiert/corettascottkingbookawards/abouttheawarda/cskabout.htm -- from the American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/ala/emiert/corettascottkingbookawards/winnersa/pastwinnersa/cskdiscguide.htm -- an informative guide written by GraceAnne A. DeCandido
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Edgar Allan Poe Award - Juvenile Categories
First Award -- 1945
Selection Criteria
Edgar Awards have been presented for best mysteries in a variety of categories since 1945. "Best Juvenile Novel" category was added in 1962. "Best Young Adult Novel" category was started in 1989.
Grantor: Mystery Writers of America Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.mysterywriters.org/pages/awards/index.htm -- from the Mystery Writers of America
http://www.mysterynet.com/edgars/ -- from MysteryNet: The Online Mystery Network.
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Excellence in Poetry for Children
First Award -- 1978
Selection Criteria
An annual award until 1982. Currently awarded every three years to a living American author for his or her lifetime works in poetry for children.
Grantor: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ncte.org/elem/awards/poetry/106862.htm -- from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
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Golden Kite Award
First Author Award -- 1973
First Illustrator Award -- 1982
Submission Guidelines
This award is given annually to the most outstanding children's books published during a year, which were written or illustrated by members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This award is granted by fellow authors and artists and recognizes works in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, picture book text, and picture book illustration. Honor books in each category are also recognized. The works chosen are those that the judges feel exhibit excellence in writing and illustration and which genuinely appeal to the interests and concerns of children.
Grantor: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.scbwi.org/awards/gk_main.htm -- Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
http://www.scbwi.org/awards/gk_list.htm -- Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
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Hans Christian Andersen Award
First Author Award -- 1956
First Illustrator Award -- 1966
This biennial award is given to one living author for his or her complete body of works that has been of international importance in children's literature. 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.
Grantor: International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=273 -- International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=308&L=0.html -- International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
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Hugo Award (not specifically for children's literature, but winners include children's literature works)
First Award -- 1953
An annual award (named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, who founded the first science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories) for the best in science fiction writing.
Grantor: World Science Fiction Society (WSFS)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.wsfs.org/hugos.html -- from the World Science Fiction Society
http://www.wsfs.org/hy.html -- from the World Science Fiction Society
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Jane Addams Children's Book Award
First Author Award -- 1953
First Illustrator Award -- 1993
Selection Criteria
Presented annually on the anniversary of Jane Addams' birthdate, September 6, to the book from the preceding year that most effectively promotes the cause of peace, social justice and world community. Books for preschool through high school ages are eligible, including translations or titles published in English in other countries.
Grantor: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the Jane Addams Peace Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://home.igc.org/~japa/jacba/index_jacba.html -- from the Jane Addams Peace Association, Inc.
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
First Award -- 1954
Selection Criteria
This award 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, and from 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it will be awarded every two years.
Grantor: American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/wildermedal/wildermedal.htm -- from the American Library Association
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Margaret A. Edwards Award
First Award -- 1988
Selection Criteria
This award which is sponsored by School Library Journal magazine, is presented to an author for lifetime achievement in writing for teenagers. It is given to an author whose work helps teenagers to better understand themselves and their world and whose books have been popular with teenagers.
Grantor: American Library Association, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/margaretaedwards/margaretedwards.htm -- from the American Library Association
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Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
First Award -- 2000
Selection Criteria:
An annual award granted to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association and who was very active in discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.
Grantor: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz -- from the American Library Association
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Mildred L. Batchelder Award
First Award -- 1968
Selection Criteria
This award was created to honor Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, who valued internationalism and promoted translations from other countries. This citation is awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be outstanding that was originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and then translated into English and published in the United States.
Grantor: Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/batchelderaward/batchelderaward.htm -- from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
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Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
First Award -- 1992
Selection Criteria
This award is given to books that follow in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia and is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for youth that best exemplifies "the spirit of the Inklings."
Grantor: Mythopoeic Society.
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.mythsoc.org/awardwinners.html -- from the Mythopoeic Society
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Newbery Award
First Award -- 1922
Selection Criteria
An annual award, named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery, that is presented to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States.
Grantor: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association,
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/newbery.html -- from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
http://www.ala.org/alsc/nmedal.html -- from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
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Notable Children's Books
First Compilation -- 1996
Selection Criteria
Grantor: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Book Evaluation Committee
Book list of books considered to be of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/childrensnotable/Default1888.htm -- from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
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Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
First Award -- in 1972
This annotated book list features over 150 K-8 titles grouped by subject and includes biography; contemporary concerns; environment, energy, and ecology; folktales; geography, peoples, and places; history, life, and culture in the Americas; social interaction and relationships; and world history and culture. Each annotation contains bibliographic data and a brief description.
Grantors: National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children's Book Council
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.socialstudies.org/resources/notable/ -- from the National Council for the Social Studies
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Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
First Award -- 1990
Selection Criteria
This award was created to promote and recognize excellence in nonfiction writing. The award is named in commemoration of the book Orbis Pictus (The World in Pictures) by Johann Comenius, which was originally published in 1657, and is considered as the first informational book written for children.
Grantor: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ncte.org/library/files/Elementary/Orbis/InfoSheet.pdf-- from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students
First Award -- 1973
Selection Criteria
An annual list that features over 50 K-8 titles. Titles are grouped by category including: Archeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology; Biography; Earth Science; Environment and Ecology; Fiction; Life Science; Physical Science; and Technology and Engineering. Each annotation includes bibliographic data and a brief description.
Grantors: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.nsta.org/ostbc -- from the National Science Teachers Association
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Phoenix Award
First Award -- 1985
An annual award for a book published 20 years earlier that did not win a major award at the time, but which has stood the test of time and proved valuable in its contribution to children's literature.
Grantor: Children's Literature Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://ebbs.english.vt.edu/chla/Phoenix.html -- from The Children's Literature Association
http://ebbs.english.vt.edu/chla/Ppapers.html -- from The Children's Literature Association
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Pura Belpré Award
First Award -- 1996
Selection Criteria
The biennial Pura Belpré award was named after Pura Belpré, who was the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library and who worked to preserve and disseminate Puerto Rican folklore. The award honors Latino writers and illustrators whose works in children's literature best exemplify authentic cultural experiences.
Grantors: American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.reforma.org/belpreawardGeneric.html -- from the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/belpremedal/belprmedal.htm -- from the American Library Association
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Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
First Compiled -- 1996
Selection Criteria
An annual annotated list of recommended books appropriate for reluctant young adult readers, which identifies titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use. The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read.
Grantor: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks -- from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
First Award -- 2001
Selection Criteria
An annual award, restricted to authors who are citizens or residents of the United States and published in the United States, for 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. of Jacksonville, Illinois, and is sponsored by the company.
Grantor: The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/sibertmedal/Sibert_Medal.htm -- from the American Library Association
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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
First Awarded -- 1981
An award established by Mr. O'Dell, a noted children's novelist, that is presented for a work of historical fiction written by a U.S. citizen, published by a U.S. publisher, and set in the New World.
Grantor: Advisory Committee of the Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.scottodell.com/sosoaward.html -- from the Scott O'Dell site
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Sid Fleischman Humor Award
First Award -- 2002
Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, this award is given to authors whose work exemplifies writing excellence in the genre of humor.
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.scbwi.org/awards/fleischman.htm -- from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
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Sydney Taylor Book Award
First Awarded -- 1971
The award recognizes the best in Jewish children's literature. Awards (gold, silver, and notable) are given for books written for children and youth that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Periodically, the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award is also granted to recognize an author's overall works. These awards were named after Sydney Taylor, who authored the All-of-a-Kind Family series books, which were the first mainstream Judaic children's books.
Grantor: Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/st_books.htm -- from the Association of Jewish Libraries' site
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Texas Bluebonnet Award
First Award -- 1981
Selection Criteria
This reading program was established to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite books. The award process provides librarians, teachers, parents, and writers with insight into young students; reading preferences. It honors and encourages authors who create books with high appeal to children.
Grantors: Texas school children. Administrator: Texas Library Association
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.txla.org/groups/tba/winners.html -- from the Texas Library Association
http://www.txla.org/groups/tba/about.html -- more from the Texas Library Association
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Whitbread Children's Book Award
First Award -- 1971
Selection Criteria
The Whitbread has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. For each category there are three judges – generally an author, a bookseller and a journalist. They select a shortlist of four books, which includes the winner. Their criteria is to select well-written, enjoyable books that they would strongly recommend anyone to read. A nine-member judging panel, which includes the author from each of the original category judging panel together with a Chairman and three other people in the public eye who love reading, selects one book from these five as overall Whitbread Book of the Year.
Grantor: Whitbread PLC (UK leisure business)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.whitbread-bookawards.co.uk/ -- from Whitbread
http://www.whitbread-bookawards.co.uk/previousyears.cfm -- from Whitebread
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Young Reader's Choice Award (YRCA)
First Award -- 1940
An annual award created to promote reading for enjoyment. The YRCA voting process requires students to make decisions in regard to literature, and the winning books are popular with large numbers of children and usually reflect quality children's literature. Nominations are taken only from the children, teachers, parents and librarians of the Pacific Northwest ~ Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta. Nominated titles were published three years previously, printed in the U.S. or Canada and are already favorites with the readers. Only 4th to 12th graders in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote.
Grantor: Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA)
Recipient Lists and Information Sites:
http://www.pnla.org/yrca/index.htm -- from the Pacific Northwest Library Association
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