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Award Winners

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. 

 

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It 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.

 

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

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.  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.

 

Pura Belpré Award

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.  The Pura Belpré Award 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking ( REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

 

Schneider Family Book Award

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

 

Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., 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. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

 

Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss 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.  The award is named for the world-renowned children’s author, Theodor Geisel. "A person’s a person no matter how small," Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped them to read.

 

American Library Association Children’s Notable Lists

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos. Use the links below or on the menu at the left to access current and past children's notable lists, learn about the submission process, and access the current selection committee rosters.

 

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.

 

Colorado Children’s Book Award

The Colorado Children's Book Award was established by Dr. Bill Curtis in 1975 to encourage children's active involvement with books and reading. The CCBA committee is sponsored by Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. The new nominations are Colorado children's choices.

 

 

Resources

Novelist K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus has both fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations for kids in grades K-8.  It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

 

eReading Room for Kids

Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks just for kids.

 

Tumblebooks

Tumble Book Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love!

 

BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for PreK-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

 

Trueflix

Trueflix is an online resource that helps elementary school students build knowledge of science and social studies while honing literacy skills using eBooks, videos, related articles and primary sources.

 

PebbleGo

Designed for beginning researchers in grades K-3, the four PebbleGo databases—Animals, Social Studies, Earth & Space, and Biography—feature leveled text for beginning readers and are enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio and video clips.

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