A- Z of American Children & Young Adult Book Awards-A-Z

Publishers note regarding American Awards. We cover over 70 US Adult and Children's Literary Prizes plus monitor over 40 US State Awards. Links to the books listed on these pages will take you to the Powells Books USA Data base, to Amazon or to Fishpond Australia! We are currently changing over all links from Amazon globally to support local book retailers. Sorry that it is a bit of dogs breakfast but given the size of the task it will take sometime to sort out!. Fishpond Australia stock the majority of the titles if you are a local! Use the Fishpond search engine to your right. Some of the USA State Awards are excellent- well worth checking out, particularly when you think that California alone has a bigger population than Oz- KJP

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Aesops and Aesop Accolades-

The Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades are conferred annually by the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society upon English language books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction - more

Alex Awards- USA

The Alex Awards are given annually to the top ten books published during the previous year that were written for adults but which are judged to have "special appeal" for young adults. The first set of awards were presented in 1998.

It is sponsored by Booklist magazine and by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust from where the awards get their name, as Edwards preferred to be called "Alex". Since 2002 the awards have been administered by the American Library Association -Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.Association of Library Service to Children - USA - more

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Américas Award – USA

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) - more

Andre Norton Award

Is a prize given for Young Adult Fiction and is one of the Nebula Awards given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. There is no cash prize associated with the book award, the award itself being a transparent block with an embedded glitter spiral nebula- more

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Blue Ribbons- USA

Blue Ribbons (BCCB) are chosen annually by the Center for Children's Books (CCB) staff who work on The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. The Ribbon Winners represent what they believe to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth - more

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Boston Globe Horn Awards –Young Adults Literature USA

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, 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. Two Honor Books may be named in each category -more

Caldecott Medal – USA

One of the worlds most highly regarded children's book awards, The Caldecott Medal 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 published that year - more

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Christy Award

Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company. The award introduced a Young Adult Category in 2006 - more

Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award-

Encourages children in grades 4-8 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.  Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists who are members of their sponsoring organizations. More than 30,000 students from more than 340 schools and libraries voted in total-more

Coretta Scott King Book Award- USA

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream - more

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Golden Kite - USA

The Golden Kite is one of five awards presented by The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) In this respect it's like a Players Player Award in sport. To be recognized by your peers; they who know just what is involved in producing a glorious illustrated and scripted children's book, for many this is surely a pinnacle award - more

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Green Earth Book Award

An initiative of the Public Environmental Charity, the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF), in partnership with Salisbury University in Maryland, the Green Earth Book Award promote books that inspire a child to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for his or her natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it. The Green Earth Book Award is awarded in four categories:

  • Picture Book: for books for children from pre-school to age 8 where the pictures and illustrations are as important as the text
  • Children’s Fiction: encompasses novels for young readers up to age 12
  • Young Adult Fiction: includes books for readers from age 13 to 21
  • Nonfiction: includes books for readers from infancy to age 21

The award in each of the four categories is comprised of a monetary award of $1,000 to the author and $1,000 to the illustrator (or $2,000 if the author and illustrator is the same person). In addition, $250 in Green Earth Book Award-winning books will be donated to a Title I school in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC.

Gryphon Award - USA

Given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.

The award is sponsored by the Center for Children's Books (CCB) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The Center also publishes The Bulletin which is devoted entirely to the review of current books for children - more

Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

Given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

The awards have been presented annually since 1953 by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association. Beginning in 1993, a Picture Book category was created. Honor books may be chosen in each category. Authors and artists of award-winning and honor books each receive a certificate and a cash awards - more

John Steptoe Award for New Talent – Young Adult- USA

Established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force - more

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Michael L. Printz Award –USA

An award for 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.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

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Newbery Medal – USA

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. The book award is one of the world's oldest book prizes having been established in 1922 - more

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Pura Belpré Award – Latino/Latina writer for Children/Youth Literature- USA

Established in 1996, 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 - more

Schneider Family Book Awards

Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). (Age groupings are approximations).

The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional- more

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Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction - USA

Established In 1982, the annual award of $5,000 goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. Scott O'Dell established this award to encourage other writers--particularly new authors--to focus on historical fiction. He hoped in this way to increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world.

Sydney Taylor Book Award –USA

The aim of the Sydney Taylor Book Award is to encourage the publication of outstanding books of Jewish content for children and teens that, in their view, exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.

It is the hope of the sponsors, The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), that official recognition of such books will inspire authors, encourage publishers, inform parents and teachers, and intrigue young readers - more

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - USA

Given annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.   The winner, recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading, receives a bronze medal.  Honor Book authors and illustrators receive certificates, which are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006.

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- more

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