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Children and Young Adult Literature Research Guide

Children and Young Adult Literary Awards

Children

John Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Award
Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of children and young adult literature.  

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
The Arbuthnot award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for 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.

Pura Belpré Medal
The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Andrew Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Stonewall Honor Books in Children's and Young Adult Literature
The Stonewall Honor Books in Children's and Young Adult Literature are annual LGBTQ focused titles.  

Young Adults

The Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Coretta Scott King Award
Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of children and young adult literature.  

Pura Belpré Medal
The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Stonewall Honor Books in Children's and Young Adult Literature
The Stonewall Honor Books in Children's and Young Adult Literature are annual LGBTQ focused titles.  

Hint: Finding books by award lists

Children and Young Adult book awards include lists of the very best in their field or subject.  Awards exist for diverse children and young adult literature such as LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction awards, Latino/a fiction and nonfiction awards, and African American fiction and nonfiction awards, and there are even awards for format, such as audio book award winners.  To see more award lists check out ALSC, the Association for Library Service to Children.