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Children's Literature: Awards

Guide to beginning research in children's and young adult literature

Awards in Children's Literature

The libraries collect many winning and honored books from various awards in children's literature. Some major awards are listed below; follow the links for more information and lists of current and past recipients. 


The Newbery Medal 

Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Caldecott Medal 

Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

 The Geisel Award 

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.

The Michael L. Printz Award

Annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit.

The Carnegie Medal

Awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.




The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Given annually 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. 

Pura Belpré Award

Presented annually 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.

Charlotte Zolotow Award

Given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year.

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

Given annually to a book published in Canada by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

Kate Greenaway Medal

Awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

More Children's Book Award Resources