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Children's Literature: Award Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

 

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.

 

Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, 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.

 

 

The Coretta Scott King Book 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. 

 

 

Middle East Book Award recognizes books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East. For purposes of this award, the Middle East is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

 

Charlotte Huck Award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.

Orbis Pictus Award promotes and recognizes excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children.

Award for Excellence in Poetry for children honors a living American poet for their aggregate work for children ages 3-13. 

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.   

 

 

 

Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. 

 

 

American Indian Youth Literature Awards identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. 

 

 

 

 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

 

 

 

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.

 

 

Stonewall Book Award honors books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.