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Awards, Honors, and Prizes

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Awards for children's and young adult books are described here. In addition to the award winning books, there are a number of special lists of outstanding books selected each year. These lists are not reproduced, but information on finding the current lists is given at the end of this entry.


Individual Awards


Batchelder Award

Awarded by the ALA division, Association for Library Service to Children. This award is presented 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 another country. The award is named for Mildred L. Batchelder, a children's librarian for more than 30 years whose work had international influence. For more information and a complete list of winning and honor books from 1990 to date, visit their website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward/index.cfm


The 2013 winner is Family for the War, written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel.



Caldecott Medal

Given annually by the ALA division, Association for Library Service to Children, to recognize the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award is named for Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), an English illustrator. For more information and a complete list of winning and honor books, visit their website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm


Most recent winners

1997 David Wisniewski Golem
1998 Paul O. Zelinsky Rapunzel
1999 Mary Azarian Snowflake Bently
2000 Simms Taback Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
2001 Judith St. George So You Want To Be President?
2002 David Wisner The Three Pigs
2003 Eric Rohmann

My Friend Rabbit


Mordicai Gerstein The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers
2005 Kevin Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon


Chris Rascka The Hello Goodbye Window
2007 David Wiesner Flotsam
2008 Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

2009 Beth Krommes

The House in the Night

2010 Jerry Pinkney The Lion and the Mouse
2011 Erin E. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee
2012 Chris Raschka A Ball for Daisy
2013 Jon Klassen This Is Not My Hat


Carnegie Medal

Presented annually to an American producer for the most outstanding video production for children released in the United States in the previous calendar year. This award is presented by the Association for Library Service to Children.  More information and current and past winners are available at their website:http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/carnegiemedal/index.cfm

The 2013 winner is:  Anna, Emma and the Condors, produced by Katja Torneman


Geisel Award

This recently-established award, named to commemorate the beloved Dr. Seuss, is presented to best book for beginning readers by the American Library Association.  For more information and to see past winners, look at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward/index.cfm

The 2013 winner is Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long



Coretta Scott King Book Awards

These awards are given to a Black author and a Black illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution, and commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards honor Mrs. King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. They are presented by the Social Responsibilities Round Table. For more information and a complete list of winners and honor books, visit the website:


The 2013 Author Award went to Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

A medal presented every three years to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have, over a period of years, made a substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/wildermedal/index.cfm

Date Author
1992 Marcia Brown
1995 Virginia Hamilton
1998 Russell Freedman
2001 Milton Meltzer

Eric Carle

2007 James Marshall
2009 Ashley Bryant
2011 Tomie dePaola
2013 Katherine Paterson


Margaret Edwards Award

An award given to an author whose book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young adults as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives. The award is presented by the Young Adult Library Services Division of ALA. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/edwards


Tamora Pierce is the 2013 honoree.


Michael Printz Award

This is a new award for a new millennium and honors the highest literary achievement in books for young adults. In addition to the winning title, up to four honor books may be selected. The first winner and honor books were announced at the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in January 2000. The award is named for Michael L. Printz (1937-1996), a much loved high school librarian from Topeka, KS, known for promoting books to young adults. The award is based solely on literary quality. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/printzaward/Printz.cfm 

Date Author Title
2000 Walter Dean Myers Monster
2001 David Almond Kit’s Wilderness
2002 An Na Step from Heaven
2003 Aidan Chambers Postcards from No Man’s Land
2004 Angela Johnson The First Part Last
2005 Meg Rosoff how i live now
2006 John Green Looking for Alaska
2007 Gene Luen Yang American Born Chinese
2008 Geraldine McCaughrean The White Darkness
2009 Melina Marchetta Jellicoe Road
2010 Libba Bray Going Bovine
2011 Paolo Bacigalup Ship Breaker
2012 John Corey Whaley Where Things Come Back
2013 Nick Lake In Darkness


Newbery Medal

The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal each year to recognize the author of the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature published in the United States during the previous year. The award honors John Newbery (1713-1767) who was the first English publisher and bookseller for children's literature. For more information and a complete list of winners and honor books, visit the website:


Most recent winners

1997 E.L. Konigsburg The View from Saturday
1998 Karen Hesse Out of the Dust
1999 Louis Sachar Holes
2000 Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
2001 Richard Peck A Year Down Yonder
2002 Linda Sue Park A Single Shard
2003 Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead


Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux
2005 Cynthia Kadohata Kira-Kira


Lynne Rae Perkins Criss Cross
2007 Susan Patron The Higher Power of Lucky
2008 Laura Amy Schlitz

Good Lords! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

2009 Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book
2010 Rebecca Stead When You Reach Me
2011 Clare Vanderpool Moon over Manifest
2012 Jack Gantos Dead End in Norvelt 
2013 Katherine Applegage The One and Only Ivan


Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award

This award is presented by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished work of nonfiction each year. For more information and a complete list of winners and honor books, try: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/sibertmedal/index.cfm

Most recent winners

2001 Marc Aronson Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado
2002 Susan Campbell Bartoletti Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 
2003 James Cross Giblin

The Life and Death of Adolf Hilter


Jim Murphy An American Plague
2005 Russell Friedman The Voice that Challenged the Nation


Sally Walker Secrets of a Civil War Submarine
2007 Catherine Timmesh Team Moon: How 400,000 Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
2008 Peter Sis The Wall
2009 Kadir Nelson            We are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League             
2010 Tanya Lee Stone Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
2011 Sy Montgomery Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot   
2012 Melissa Sweet Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
2013 Steve Sheinkin Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon


Young Readers' Choice Award

The Young Readers' Choice Award is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). It is awarded annually at the conference of that organization. A description of the reading program based on this award is in a separate entry. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the website:

http://www.pnla.org/yrca  (See Young Readers’ Choice )


Annual Lists


AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Films Prize



Best Books for Young Adults

An annual list from the American Library Association. This list of 50-60 titles is selected by a committee of school and youth services librarians. The list is voted on at the ALA Midwinter conference and announced soon afterward. A published bibliography  from ALA Graphics is available in the spring. The list is published in the March issue of School Library Journal. For more information or a look at the selected books for previous years, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestbooksya/bbyahome.cfm


Boston Globe / Hornbook Book Awards (Children’s and YA)



IRA Children's and Young Adult's Book Awards (International Reading Association)

Organized by the International Reading Association, the books on this list are selected by children themselves. To see these lists and links to the companion awards Teachers' Choice and Young Adult Choice lists, go to: http://www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants/childrens_ira.aspx


Great Graphic Novels for Teens (YA)



Notable Social Studies Trade  Books for Children

(National Council for Social Studies May/June issue of Social Education.Current online list for members only.  Copies available from the Children’s Book Council for $3.95)



Quick Picks  for the Reluctant Young Adult Reader

Also published in School Library Journal in March and by ALA Graphics. For more information, visit the YALSA website: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks


Notable Children’s Books

Also published in School Library Journal in March and by ALA Graphics. For more information, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb


Because these lists are constantly updated, printed copies have a limited value.




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