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Juvenile Literature: Award Websites

Award Website

Many of the books listed on the sites below can be found in the Juvenile Collection.  Click the @Alkek links for each one to see a list of all titles we have in the Juvenile Collection for each award. The (Year-Year) listed by each award tells when the award was first awarded and the latest available award cycle.

Awards & Websites

ADL's Recommended Multicultural & Anti-Bias Books | @Alkek  offers lists: Biography; Cultural & Religious Groups; Customs & Traditions; Families & Friends; Folktales, Legends & Poems; Prejudice & Discrimination.
ALA Stonewall Book Award | @Alkek (2010-2019) is awarded to juvenile books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. In 2010 the Stonewall Book Awards was expanded again to add a Children & Young Adult Literature Award.
Amelia Bloomer Project | @Alkek (2002-2019) is an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young children and young adults. 
American Folklore Society Aesop Prize and Accolades | @Alkek (1992-2018) 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. Folklore should be central to the book’s content and, if appropriate, to its illustrations and should accurately reflect the culture and worldview of the people whose folklore is the focus of the book; the reader’s understanding of folklore should be  enhanced by the book, as should the book be enhanced by the presence of folklore; the book should reflect the high artistic standards of  the best of children’s literature and have strong appeal to the child reader. Award announced in October. 
American Indian Youth Literature Award | @Alkek (2006-2018) was established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. 
Américas Award | @Alkek (1993-2018) was founded in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Announced in September.
Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award | @Alkek (2002-2017) was established in order to encourage and reward accurate and compelling authorship of children's books about animal behavior. 
Arab American Children's & Young Adult Award | @Alkek (2007-2018) encourages the publication and excellence of books that preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans. The purpose of the Award is to inspire authors, educate readers, and foster a respect and understanding of Arab American culture. Award announced in July.
Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature | @Alkek (2001-2019) honors and recognizes individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award @Alkek (2000-2008) was awarded to books that promoted humane and compassionate respect for all creatures.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award @Alkek (1967-2018) is awarded to children’s and young adult literature books in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.
Bram Stoker Award | @Alkek (1998-2017), named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, is presented for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Young Adult award started in 1998, was discontinued after 2004, then again awarded in 2012.
Carnegie Medal | @Alkek (1936-2017) is awarded to the writer of an outstanding book for children. Announced in June.
Carter G. Woodson Award | @Alkek (1974-2018) is presented to the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States and to encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social science books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and relations sensitively and accurately. Announced in July.
Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children | @Alkek (2015-2019) was established to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. This award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.The award commemorates the work of educator Charlotte Huck, championing the classroom use of storybooks to teach reading and language arts.
Charlotte Zolotow Award@Alkek (1998-2019) is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year.
Claudia Lewis Award | @Alkek (1997-2018) is given for the best poetry book of the year. Announced in March.
Comstock Read Aloud Book Award | @Alkek (2005-2019) is awarded to the best picture book of the year to read aloud to older children. Picture books for children from the age range of nine to twelve are considered. All picture books eligible for the award are field-tested with children. Announced in May.
Cook Prize (STEM) | @Alkek (2012-2018) honors the best Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children's choice award honoring a STEM book. Announced in May.
Coretta Scott King Award @Alkek (1971-2019) is given 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. Announced in February.
Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award@Alkek (2000-2018) was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities. 
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award | @Alkek (2004-2018) honors books that reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White in his classic books for children:Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan and replace the Indies Choice Book Awards in the categories of Middle Reader and New Picture Book. Announced in May.
Edgar Allan Poe Award | @Alkek (1961-2018), popularly called the Edgars, honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.
Ezra Jack Keats Award | @Alkek (1989-2019) recognizes and encourages authors and illustrators new to the field of children's books.  It is awarded annually to an outstanding new writer of picture books for children (age 9 and under) that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. In 2001, an Illustrator’s award was inaugurated. Announced in February.
Flora Stieglitz Straus Award | @Alkek (1993-2019) is an annual children's science picture book award established in 1998, recognizing books that teach its young reader at least one important scientific principle well, or encourage the reader toward specific science-related attitudes, pursuits, or inquiries. Announced in February. 
Gelett Burgess Award | @Alkek (2011-2016) recognizes one title as their winner and various titles are listed as honor titles that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach. The books must stimulate the child's imagination, as well as inspire them creatively and make an impact in a child's life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. Books are selected in 4 distinct groups: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education.

Awards & Websites

Giverny Book Award | @Alkek (1998-2019) is a children's science picture book award established in 1998, recognizing books that teach its young reader at least one important scientific principle well, or encourage the reader toward specific science-related attitudes, pursuits, or inquiries.
Golden Kite Award  | @Alkek (1974-2019) is given annually to recognize excellence in children’s literature, to author and illustrator winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. Announced in February.
Green Earth Book | @Alkek (2005-2018) is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books and continues to garner attention from the literary world as an esteemed award, bringing recognition to authors, but more importantly, providing the award-winning books to children that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories: Picture Book; Children’s Fiction; Young Adult Fiction; Children’s Nonfiction; Young Adult Nonfiction. Announced in May.
Gryphon Award | @Alkek (2004-2019) recognizes an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience (K-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 was conceived as a way to focus attention on an area of literature for youth that, despite being crucial to the successful transition of new readers to independent lifelong readers, does not get the critical recognition it deserves.
Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books.
ILA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award | @Alkek (1975-2017) recognizes newly published authors who show unusual promise in the children’s and young adults’ book field. Awards are given for fiction and nonfiction in each of three categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Announced in July.
Irma Black Award | @Alkek (1972-2018) goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. Announced in May.
Jane Addams Children's Book Award | @Alkek  (1953-2019) is awarded 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. Announced in May.
John Newbery Award | @Alkek (1922-2019) is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution. Announced in February.
Josette Frank Award  | @Alkek (1945-2019) honors fiction book(s) of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally. Announced in February.
Kate Greenaway Medal | @Alkek (1956-2018) is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. 
Kids are Authors | @Alkek (2009-2016) ceased in 2016. Children worked in teams to write and illustrate their own book. The contest was open to students in grades K-8 in the United States, with two grand-prize-winning books will be selected in each of these categories: Fiction and Nonfiction. The winning books were published by Scholastic and sold at Book Fairs throughout the country.
Lambda Literary Award | @Alkek (1990-2019), also known as "The Lammys", identifies and celebrates the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world. Announced in June.
Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award  | @Alkek (1993-2018) is given to a promising new poet of children’s poetry (for children and young adults up to grade 12) who has published no more than two books of children’s poetry. A book-length single poem is at times considered for the award. The award is for published works only. Poetry in any language may be submitted; non-English poetry must be accompanied by an English translation.
Locus Young Adult Award@Alkek (2003-2017) is an annual set of literary awards by the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus. The award winners are selected by poll of magazine readers. Announced in June.
Margaret A. Edwards honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
Marion Vannett Ridgway Award | @Alkek (1993-2017) is given each year to an author or illustrator in recognition of an outstanding debut in the world of children's picture books.
Mathical Book Prize@Alkek (2015-2019) recognizes popular, math-related fiction and nonfiction for very young children through teenagers, with a view toward inspiring children of all ages to cultivate a love of mathematics in the world around them.No textbooks—but rather picture books, novels, photography, biography, and much more. Announced in April.
Michael L. Printz Award | @Alkek (2000-2019) honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. Announced in February.
Middle East Book Award@Alkek (2000-2018) celebrates citizen activism, heroism, inventive genius, and cultural heritage. Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. For this award, the Middle East is defined as the Arab World, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Afghanistan. 
Mildred L. Batchelder Award@Alkek (1968-2019) is given to a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. Announced in February.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award@TxState (2012-2018) honors books for younger readers (from young adults to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia
National Book Award for Young People's Literature | @Alkek (1969-2018) recognizes outstanding literary work by U.S. citizens, "by writers to writers". The panelists are five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field". The category Young People's Literature was established in 1996. From 1969 to 1983, prior to the Foundation, there were some "Children's" categories.
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books@Alkek (2000-2019) make up this bibliography of books that are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text. 
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Award@Alkek (1990-2019) promotes and recognizes excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children. 
NCTE Notable Poetry/Novels in Verse | @Alkek (-2019) Poetry; @Alkek (-2019) Novels in VerseNCTE established the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1977 to honor a living American poet for their aggregate work for children ages 3–13.

Awards & Websites

Nebula Andre Norton Award | @Alkek (2005-2016) recognizes the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States during the previous year. 
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books | @Alkek (1952-2018) Every year since 1952, the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to select from among the several thousand children’s books published that year. 
Notable Books for a Global Society | @Alkek (1996-2018) is a selection of 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. The committee reviews books representing all genres intended for students K-12.
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts | @Alkek (1997-2019) Thirty fiction, non-fiction, and poetry books written for children, grades K-8. The books must meet one or more of the following criteria: deal explicitly with language, such as plays on words, word origins, or the history of language; demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or style; invite child response or participation; have an appealing format; be of enduring quality; meet generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre in which they are written. 
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children | @Alkek (1994-2018) represents the year’s best K-12 books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators. Announced in February.
Phoenix Award | @Alkek (1985-2019) recognizes one English-language children's book published twenty years earlier that did not then win a major literary award. It is named for the mythical bird phoenix, which is reborn from its own ashes, signifying the book's rise from relative obscurity. The award was established and is conferred by the Children's Literature Association (ChLA), a non-profit organization for the advancement of "the serious study of children's literature". The award began as the Children's Literature Association Phoenix Award (1985-) and approved the Children's Literature Association Phoenix Picture Book Award in 2010, and inaugurated the first award in 2013-.
Pura Belpré Award | @Alkek (1996-2019) 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. Announced in February.
Rainbow Books | @Alkek (2008-2018) is a list of books highlighting current quality non-fiction and fiction books that authentically express gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences.   
Randolph Caldecott Award | @Alkek (1938-2019), named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American children's books published the previous year. Announced in February.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award | @Alkek (2001-2018) 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.
SB&F Book Prize | @Alkek (2006-2018) celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and is meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups. The prize emphasizes the importance of good science books and encourages children and young adults to turn to science books, not only for information, but for enjoyment too.
Schneider Family Award | @Alkek (2004-2019) honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Announced in February.
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction Award | @Alkek (1984-2018) was established to encourage other writers--particularly new authors--to focus on historical fiction. Announced in February.
Sid Fleischman Award | @Alkek (2004-2018) is given to authors whose work exemplifies the excellence of writing in the genre of humor. Announced in February.
Society of Illustrators Original Art Award | @Alkek (2002-2018) In 1989, The Original Art found a permanent home at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. It also became a juried event, with a committee of art directors, editors, publishers and illustrators selecting the best books from among hundreds of submissions and awarding Gold and Silver medals to the top pieces. Announced in October.
South Asia Book Award | @Alkek (2012-2018) is a yearly book award for outstanding works that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. Announced in July.
Stonewall Book Awards | @Alkek (2010-2019) honors books of exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Announced in February.
Texas Bluebonnet Award | @Alkek (1981-2019) committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States within the three years.
Theodor Geisel Award | @Alkek (2006-2019) 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. Announced in February.
Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award | @Alkek (1995-2019) is awarded by Texas State University's College of Education to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus.
USBBY Outstanding International Books | @Alkek (2006-2017) recognizes international books that are deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. For the purposes of this honor list, the term "international book" is used to describe a book published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.
Walter Dean Meyers Award | @Alkek (2016-2019), also known as “The Walter,” recognizes published authors from diverse backgrounds who celebrate diversity in their writing and “[allow] children to see themselves reflected back” in those works.
Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award | @Alkek (2005-2019) honors the best picture book of the year to read aloud to younger children. Picture books for children between the ages toddlers to age eight are considered. Announced in May.
World Illustrators | @Alkek (2002-2017) The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the AOI, supports the World Illustration Awards. Honoring the most creative and inspiring commercial illustration from around the world will help everyone stay connected with new trends and ideas, and provide expanded opportunities for artists to promote their work to a global audience.
William C. Morris YA Debut Award | @Alkek (2009-2019) honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens. Announced in February.
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults | @Alkek (1996-2019) is a list of titles published for young adults that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. The purpose of the annual list it to provide librarians and library workers with a resource to use for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes. The Committee also presents a Top 10 List.
YALSA Best Nonfiction for Young Adults | @Alkek (2010-2019) honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).