The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Awards for Children's Literature

Online Resources

  • Award-Winning Fantasy Books for Youth

    A bibliography of fantasy books for youth that have received awards for the quality of their work.

  • Awards and Prizes

    This Children's Literature Web page provides an alphabetical list of links to a variety of children's book award Web sites. The featured children's book awards are sponsored by commercial organizations, professional organizations, and state library associations.

  • Awards, Honors, and Prizes

    This international directory of awards and their donors includes web addresses and contact information for children's literature awards from around the world. To search, click Advanced near the top of the Gale Databases: Gale Directory Library page. In the Directories list select Awards, Honors, & Prizes. To browse children's literature awards, use the keyword "children's literature" in your search. To narrow by region or awarding organization, use the city, state, country, or organization name for your second search term.

  • Caldecott Medal Books

    This quick-reference guide lists all of the Caldecott Award winners and their call numbers in the S-Collection.

  • Caldecott Medal Homepage

    This page was designed by the American Library Association's Association for Library Services to Children, which awards the Caldecott Medal. The page features brief summaries of all winners and honor books, along with pictures of the books' dustjackets.

  • Children's Book Awards

    This site has not been updated since 2001, but it provides the names of children's book awards in various countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Canada, and the United States.

  • Database of Award Winning Children's Literature

    This database of award-winning children's literature can be searched by a number of useful categories, such as the gender of the protagonist, the age of the reader, and the book's setting or genre. The author, a librarian at Ohio State University, has done an excellent job in providing simple, concrete instructions on how to use the database.

  • Hans Christian Andersen Award

    This website was created by the Northwestern University Library in honor of the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature. The site contains information about the award, information about the 2004 nominees, interviews with Maurice Sendak and Quentin Blake, and general information about other children's literature awards.

  • Newbery Medal Books

    Use this guide as a ready reference for all of the Newbery Award winners and their call numbers in the S-Collection.

  • Newbery Medal Homepage

    This page was designed by the American Library Association's Association for Library Services to Children, which awards the Newbery Medal. The page features brief summaries of all winners and honor books, along with pictures of the books' dustjackets.

  • Paper Tigers

    Paper Tigers highlights resources for celebrating children's literature from the Pacific Rim and South Asia. It provides a list of international children's book awards with a focus on awards from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. It also has links to some lesser known U.S. awards.

Print Resources in S-Collection Reference

S.027.625 C127
Caldecott Medal Books, 1938-1957. The Horn Book Magazine. 1957.

S.028.52 B456c
Berman, Matt. Children's Book Awards Annual. 1998-.
This series reviews the books from the major national children's book awards and lists, giving them each a short synopsis and critical review of each book. The awards covered are the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Mildred L. Bachelder, Pura Bel Pre, Boston Globe-Horn, National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Also included are lists from various journals, such as the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Books and School Library Journal's Best Books. Author, illustrator, title, awards, publisher, type, and genre/subject indexes can be found near the back of this book.

S.010 C436
Children's Book Council. Children's Books: Awards & Prizes: Including Prizes and Awards for Young Adult Books. 2005 ed. New York: Children's Book Council, Inc., 2005.
This printed reference tool contains information about 288 different awards and prizes for children's literature. It is organized into four sections: United States Awards selected by Adults, United States Awards selected by Young Readers, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and United Kingdom Awards, and Selected International and Multicultural Awards. Most of the lists are current through 1996. The lists are indexed by title and person.

S.016.813 G412n 2006
Gillespie, John T. and Corinne J. Naden. The Newbery/Printz Companion: Booktalk and Related Materials for Award Winners and Honor Books. 3rd ed., 2006.
This excellent source contains plot summaries, themes, passages for booktalking, related titles, and information about the author for every Newbery Medal and Printz Award winner through 2006. Brief summaries of Newbery and Printz Honor books are also included. The 1st ed. of The Newbery Companion: Booktalk and Related Materials for Newbery Medal and Honor Books (published in 1996) is also available online as an e-Book through UIUC's online collection.

Q.S.820.9 J713c 1994
Jones, Dolores Blythe. Children's Literature Awards & Winners: A Directory of Prizes, Authors and Illustrators. 3rd. ed. Detroit, MI: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 1994.
Like the Children's Book Council book listed above, this printed reference work is an excellent starting point for questions about awards for children's literature. It includes lists of more than 300 English language award winners by award, author, and subject of the award. Unfortunately, the book only covers awards through 1993. Use other sources to locate more recent information.

S.028.5 N424 1955
Newbery Medal Books: 1922-1955. Boston: Horn Book, 1955.

S.028.5 N424 1965
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1956-1965. Boston: Horn Book, 1965.

S.028.5 N424 1975
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1966-1975. Boston: Horn Book, 1975.

S.028.5079 N423
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1976-1985. Boston: Horn Book, 1986.

S.011.62079 N428
The Newbery & Caldecott Medal Books, 1986-2000: A Comprehensive Guide to the Winners. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001.
This series of books includes the acceptance papers, related material, and biographical information for all of the Newbery and Caldecott recipients. Included are author, illustrator, and title indexes. The 2006 edition is available online as an e-Book through UIUC's online collection.

S.011.62 Y825e
York, Sherry. Ethnic Book Awards: a Directory of Multicultural Literature for Young Readers. 2005.
Features high quality multicultural literature from the winners of the culturally-specific following book awards: the Sydney Taylor, Coretta Scott King, Carter G. Woodson, Americas, Tomas Rivera, Pura Belpre, and Asian Pacific American Awards. Includes annotations for each book and indexes by subject and title.

Award-Winning Books in the S-Collection

Each year we automatically acquire a copy of books receiving the following awards. For the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal award books, we receive three copies of each. Note that honor books have not won the award but have been chosen to receive honorable mention.

  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Honors
    This award annually honors authors and illustrators of outstanding children's and young adult books in these three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book.

  • Caldecott Medal and Honor
    The Caldecott Medal is given to a U.S. illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the U.S. in the preceding year. We also collect Caldecott Honor books.

  • Carnegie Medal
    The Carnegie Medal is given annually by the British group the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to an outstanding book for children.

  • Carter G. Woodson Award
    This award is given annually, with four awards and three honors are given to social science books best depicting ethnicity in the United States.

  • Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award
    Any book that is an act of creative writing, written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and that was published in Canada the previous year is eligible for this award.

  • Canadian Library Association Amelia F. Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
    This award is given to an out to an illustrator of an outstanding children's book (for ages 12 or under) published in Canada the previous year. The winner must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and the text of the book must also be outstanding.

  • Canadian Library Association YA Canadian Book Award
    This award is given to an author of an outstanding fictional young adult book in English. The author must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

  • Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors
    This award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. and honors his widow Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing work for peace and world brotherhood. The award is presented annually to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote and understanding and appreciation of the American Dream.

  • Kate Greenaway Medal
    This award is given annually to an example of outstanding illustration in a children's book by the British group the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

  • Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in YA Literature
    There are two winners and up to three honor awards given out each year. The awards are given to books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for the Topeka, Kansas school librarian and presented by the American Library Association Young Adult Services Association.

  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award and Honor
    This award honors the former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). It is given by ALSC to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and then translated into English and published in the United States.

  • Newbery Medal and Honor
    There is one winner and four honor awards given out each year. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
    Nine to ten titles are given this award each year. The awards are sponsored by The New York Times and are selected by a panel of three judges from The New York Times' book review list.

  • Pura Belpre Award and Honor
    There are two winners and four to five honor awards given out every other year. The Pura Belpre Award honors Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. It is named after Pura Belpre, the first Latino librarian from the New York Public Library. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking.


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