Looking for award winning books for a school assignment or to expand your child's reading? Follow the links below to find winner and honor (runner up) titles for youth awards.
The American Indian Youth Literature Award is given biennially for “the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.”
The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is given to "honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit."
The Batchelder Award is “awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year.”
The Caldecott Medal is presented to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
The Children's Africana Book Awards are given “annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S.”
The CLEL Bell Awards “are an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.”
The Coretta Scott King Awards are 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 Geisel Award is presented “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 Middle East Book Award recognizes “exemplary books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.”
The Newbery Medal is given to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
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."
The Rainbow Book List “is a curated bibliography highlighting books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18.”
The Robert F Sibert Medal is awarded "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 Schneider Family Award is given to “honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”
The Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction is presented annually “to an author for a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.”
The South Asian Book Award is to commend "high-quality children's and young adult books... that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad."
The Stonewall Book Award is given to English language works “for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.”
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is given “to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.”