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Awards for Children’s Literature and Poetry
2008 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry.
The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award was established in 1993 and is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of children's poetry published in the previous calendar year. The award is made possible by a gift from Lee Bennett Hopkins himself and is administered by Pennsylvania State University College of Education and the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Since its inception, the winning poet or anthologist has received a handsome plaque and now a $1000 honorarium made possible by Mr. Hopkins, himself a poet and anthologist.
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Annually awarded by the Jane Addams Peace Association to the children's book that "most effectively promotes peace, social justice, world community and the equality of the sexes and all races."
Books for Younger ChildrenA Place Where Sunflowers Grow (Children's Book Press) by Amy-Lee Tai, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino
Honor Books Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom (Cinco Puntos) by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges; Night Boat to Freedom (Kroupa/Farrar) by Margot Theis Raven, pictures by E. B. Lewis
Books for Older ChildrenWeedflower (Simon) by Cynthia Kadohata
Honor Books Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Holiday) by Russell Freedman; Counting on Grace (Lamb/Random) by Elizabeth Winthrop
Given annually by the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society to books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction, that “enhance the reader’s understanding of folklore” and “reflect the culture and worldview of the people whose folklore is the focus of the book.”
The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: the Robin Hood of Korea (Charlesbridge) Retold by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Lugalbanda: the boy who got caught up in a war (Candlewick) Told by Kathy Henderson, illustrated by Jane Ray.
Africana Book Award
Awarded annually by the African Studies Association to outstanding books about Africa.
Young ChildrenHere Comes Our Bride! (Frances Lincoln) by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Older ReadersChandra's Secrets (Annick) by Allan Stratton
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Awarded to the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.
Picture BookBeaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story (University of Nebraska Press) by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, illustrated by Sam Sandoval
Middle SchoolThe Birchbark House (Hyperion) by Louise Erdrich
Young AdultHidden Roots (Scholastic) by Joseph Bruchac
Awarded annually by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs to honor titles published in the United States that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
JOSIAS, HOLD THE BOOK by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren. illus. by Nicole Tadgell (Boyds Mills)
THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA by Margarita Engle. Illus. by Sean Qualls (Henry Holt)
May Hill Arbuthnot Award www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/arbuthnothonor/arbuthnothonor.htm
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to a distinguished individual who will prepare and deliver a paper which makes a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.
David Macaulay, renowned author and illustrator
Recognizes excellence in audio publishing.
Children's Titles for Ages up to 8Knuffle Bunny (Weston Woods) by Mo Willems, narrated by Mo, Cheryl, and Trixie Willems
Children's Titles for Ages 8–11Listening for Lions (Recorded Books) by Gloria Whelan, narrated by Bianca Amato
Children's Titles for Ages 12+Airborn (Full Cast Audio) by Kenneth Oppel, narrated by David Kelly and a full cast
Audiobook Hall of Fame Award
Recognizes a lasting contribution to the audiobook industry.
The Harry Potter series (Listening Library), narrated by Jim Dale
The Bank Street College of Education Awards
Awarded annually by the Bank Street School's Children's Book Committee to outstanding titles in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
The Josette Frank Award (fiction)Each Little Bird That Sings (Harcourt) by Deborah Wiles
The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (nonfiction)Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes (Houghton) by Pamela Turner
The Claudia Lewis Award (poetry)A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms (Candlewick) selected by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the publisher of the most outstanding book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States
Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, for The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, translated by Y. Maudet
Honor Books Miramax/Hyperion Books for The Last Dragon, written by Silvana de Mari, translated by Shaun Whiteside; and Delacorte Press for The Killer's Tears, written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet.
Beacon of Freedom Award
Presented annually by the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to an author whose work introduces American history, from Colonial times through the Civil War, to children in a historically accurate and engaging manner.
Lottie’s Courage: A Contraband Slave’s Story (White Mane) by Phyllis Hall Haislip
Pura Belpré Award www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/belpremedal/belprmedal.htm
Awarded biennially by the American Library Association (ALA) to Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
Author AwardViola Canales for The Tequila Worm (Lamb/Random)
Honor Books César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! (Cavendish), written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and illustrated by David Diaz ; Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart (Knopf) written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colón and Becoming Naomi León (Scholastic) by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrator AwardRaul Colón for Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart (Knopf) written by Pat Mora.
Honor Books Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games (Lee & Low) by Lulu Delacre; César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! (Cavendish) written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and illustrated by David Diaz; and My Name Is Celia/Me Llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/La Vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising) written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López.
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards
Awarded annually for excellence in literature for children and young adults.
Picture BookDog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Honor Books 365 Penguins (Abrams) written by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet; and Wolves (Simon) written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
Fiction and PoetryThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party (Candlewick) by M. T. Anderson
Honor Books Clementine (Hyperion) written by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee; and Rex Zero and the End of the World (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones
NonfictionThe Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr (Groundwood) written and illustrated by Nicolas Debon
Honor Books Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Houghton) by Loree Griffin Burns; and Escape! (Greenwillow) by Sid Fleischman
Caldecott Medal www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.htm
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book.
David Wiesner for Flotsam (Clarion)
Honor Books Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (Walker) by David McLimans; Moses (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun) illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Carnegie Medal www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/carnegiemedal/carnegieterms/carnegiemedal.htm
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for excellence in children’s video.
Weston Woods Studios for Knuffle Bunny, based on the book written by Mo Willems
Awarded annually by the Christophers to books of literary distinction which "affirm the highest values of the human spirit."
Preschool Hero Cat (Cavendish) written by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen
Ages 6–8How We Are Smart (Lee) written by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Sean Qualls
Ages 8–10The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Candlewick) written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Ages 10–12Listen! (HarperCollins) by Stephanie S. Tolan
Young AdultBread and Roses, Too (Clarion) by Katherine Paterson
Recognizes the best mystery writing of the year.
Juvenile ReadersRoom One: A Mystery or Two (Simon) by Andrew Clements
Young AdultBuried (Dutton) by Robin Merrow MacCready
Margaret A. Edwards Award www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/margaretaedwards/margaretedwards.htm
Awarded annually by the American Library Assocation (ALA) to an author for a lifetime contribution in writing books of enduring popularity with teenagers.
Lois Lowry for The Giver (Houghton)
Will Eisner Comic Industry Award
Awarded annually to honor the best publications in the comics industry.
Best Publication for a Younger Audience Owly: Flying Lessons (Top Shelf) by Andy Runton
Sid Fleischman Humor Award
Awarded annually to an SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) author whose work exemplifies excellence in humor writing.
Absolutely Positively Not (Levine/Scholastic) by David LaRochelle
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for outstanding books for beginning readers.
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways (Candlewick) written and illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Honor Books Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Candlewick) written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen; Move Over, Rover! (Harcourt) written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer; Not a Box (HarperCollins) written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis
Awarded annually by the 15 Degree Laboratory at Louisiana State University to a distinguished children’s science picture book.
Daniel and His Walking Stick (Peachtree) by Wendy McCormick, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum
Golden Duck Award
For excellence in children’s science fiction literature.
Picture BookScience Verse (Viking) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Middle GradeThe Supernaturalist (Hyperion) by Eoin Colfer
Young AdultBalance of Trade (Meisha Merlin Publishing) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Golden Kite Award
Given annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to outstanding books written or illustrated by SCBWI members.
FictionFiregirl (Little) by Tony Abbott
NonfictionThe Adventures of Marco Polo (Levine/Scholastic) by Russell Freedman
Picture Book TextJazz (Holiday) by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers
Picture Book IllustrationNot Afraid of Dogs (Walker) illustrated by Larry Day, written by Susanna Pitzer
Awarded annually by the Center for Children's Books at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in grades K–4.
The True Story of Stellina (Knopf) by Matteo Pericoli
Honor Books Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea (Candlewick) by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by John Lawrence; Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (Scholastic) by Lenore Look, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf; Good Boy, Fergus! (Blue Sky/Scholastic) by David Shannon
Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award
Awarded biennially by the Council for Exceptional Children to a work of children's fiction that portrays individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday) by Mark Haddon
Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry
Awarded annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of children's poetry.
Jazz (Holiday) written by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers
Honor Books Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (HarperCollins) written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger; The Braid (Foster/Farrar) by Helen Frost; Tour America: A Journey Through Poems and Art (Chronicle) written by Diane Siebert, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Award
Awarded annually by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation to “recognize and encourage authors and illustrators new to the field of children's books.”
Kristen Balouch, illustrator and author of Mystery Bottle (Hyperion)
Kelly Cunnane, author of For You are a Kenyan Child (Atheneum), illustrated by Ana Juan
Awarded annually “in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.”
Coretta Scott King Award
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults that demonstrate sensitivity to "the true worth and value of all beings."
Coretta Scott King Author AwardSharon Draper for Copper Sun (Atheneum)
Honor Award Nikki Grimes for The Road to Paris (Putnam)
Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardKadir Nelson for Moses (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun), written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Honor Awards Christopher Myers for Jazz (Holiday), written by Walter Dean Myers; Benny Andrews for Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Sterling), edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award
Traci L. Jones for Standing Against the Wind (Farrar)
Laureate for Children's Poetry
Honors a living poet for excellence in and commitment to writing poetry for children.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Awarded annually by the Los Angeles Times.
Young Adult FictionTyrell (Push/Scholastic) by Coe Booth
MacArthur Fellowship Award
Awarded annually by the Los Angeles Times, the fellowship honors "extraordinary originality and dedication in...creative pursuits."
James Madison Book Award
Awarded annually to honor “excellence in bringing knowledge and understanding of American history to readers ages five to fourteen.”
A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat by Joan Dash, illus. by Dusan Petricic (FS&G)
Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association
Chosen to honor outstanding books which are set in the mountains and plains region.
Young AdultBear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl (McElderry/Simon) by Thelma Hatch Wyss.
National Book Award in Young People's Literature
Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation to the year's most distinguished book for young people.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illus. by Ellen Forney (Little)
Finalists Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One by Kathleen Duey (Atheneum); Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin (Atheneum); The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illus. by Brian Selznick (Scholastic); Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (Little)
National Outdoor Book Award
Awarded annually to “encourage outstanding writing and publishing in the outdoor field.”
Children's BookKelly of Hazel Ridge (Sleeping Bear) by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuysen, illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuysen; Gaia Girls Enter the Earth (Daisyworld) by Lee Welles
NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature
Awarded biennially by the University of Oklahoma and its quarterly, World Literature Today, to an accomplished contemporary writer of children’s literature.
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Susan Patron for The Higher Power of Lucky (Jackson/Atheneum), illustrated by Matt Phelan
Honor Books Penny from Heaven (Random) by Jennifer L. Holm; Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte) by Kirby Larson; and Rules (Scholastic) by Cynthia Lord
Sterling North Legacy AwardAwarded for outstanding contributions in the field of childen's literature.
Andre Norton Award
Given to recognize outstanding science fiction and fantasy for young adults. www.sfwa.org/awards/2007/index.html
Magic or Madness (Penguin/Razorbill) by Justin Larbalestier
Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
Awarded annually to a work of historical fiction set in the Americas.
Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic) by Christopher Paul Curtis
Once Upon a World Children's Book Award
Given annually by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to a book for six- to ten-year-olds that promotes the themes of tolerance, diversity, human understanding, and social justice.
Ellington Was Not a Street (Simon) by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writing Fellowship
Awarded annually by PEN to an author of children's or young-adult fiction whose “work is of high literary caliber but has not yet attracted a broad readership.”
Pennsylvania Center for the BookA Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy
Awarded to recognize picture books that "best fulfill the goals of family literacy programs across the nation: to create lifelong readers and lovers of books, and start with the youngest audience — preschool children.
Given annually to a children's book that did not win a major award at the time of publication twenty years earlier, but that continues to inspire young readers.
Eva (Delacorte) by Peter Dickinson
Honor Book The Devil's Arithmetic (Viking) by Jane Yolen
Michael L. Printz Award
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to a book that best exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
American Born Chinese (First Second/Roaring Brook) by Gene Luen Yang
Honor Books The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party (Candlewick) by M. T. Anderson; An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton) by John Green; Surrender (Candlewick) by Sonya Hartnett; and The Book Thief (Knopf) written by Markus Zusak
Awarded annually by the Catholic Library Association for “continued, distinguished contribution to children’s literature without regard to the nature of the contribution.”
Vera B. Williams
Schneider Family Book Award
Given to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience.
Children The Deaf Musicians (Putnam) written by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Middle School Rules (Scholastic) by Cynthia Lord
Teen Small Steps (Delacorte) by Louis Sachar
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most distinguished informational book.
Catherine Thimmesh, author of Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon (Houghton).
Honor Books Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement (National Geographic) by Ann Bausum; Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea (Houghton) by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop; To Dance (Jackson/Atheneum) by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel
Sydney Taylor Book Award
Awarded annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries "to outstanding books of positive Jewish content."
Younger ReadersThe Bedtime Sh'ma: A Good Night Book (EKS Publishing) by Sarah Gershman, illustrated by Kristina Swarner
Older ReadersThe Entertainer and the Dybbuk (Harper) by Sid Fleischman
Teen BookStrange Relations (Knopf) by Sonia Levitin
Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction
Awarded annually by the Washington Post and the Children's Book Guild of Washington DC to an author or illustrator whose total body of work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children
Sneed B. Collard III
E.B. White Read Aloud Book Award
Awarded annually by the Association of Booksellers for Children to “reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B White in his classic books for children.”
Picture BookHoundsley and Catina (Candlewick) by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Older ReadersAlabama Moon (Farrar) by Watt Key
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/wildermedal/wildermedal.htm Awarded biennially by the American Library Association (ALA) to an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Awarded annually by Women Writing the West to an outstanding book set in the West that features women’s stories.
A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon – 1845 (Oregon Historical Society Press) by Linda Crew
Honor Books Anna’s Blizzard (Peachtree) by Alison Hart; Under A Stand Still Moon (Brown Barn) by Ann Howard Creel
Young Adults’ Choices
Annually awarded by International Reading Association and selected by young readers across the country. The annotated list of honored titles is published in the fall issue of list of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Awarded annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States.
Peter McCarty for Moon Plane (Holt)
Honor Books Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding (Schwartz/Atheneum) by Lenore Look, illustrated by Yumi Heo; Mrs. Crump's Cat (Harper) by Linda Smith, illustrated by David Roberts
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