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Book Awards

How do they choose the Newbery award winner?

Where can I find a list of book award winners?

What are some unique awards that I might not have considered?

Girl with trophyThe Internet is a great tool for accessing information about award winning literature. You're familiar with the popular awards, but there are many lesser known awards that can be helpful in identifying good books. Awards are given to quality children's, young adult, and adult books.

You can have lots of fun with awards. Students love the anticipation of a celebration. Consider a Mock Award Event. For example, each year Allen County Public Library hosts a Mock Caldecott, Newbery, and Sibert Award event where people read and select their favorites from a list of nominees.

This page contains information on individual awards as well as links to "best of" lists and links pages. Use the links below to access resources on this page.

When you see an star graphic indicates quality website, it means the site has quality information and resources.

Individual Awards

ABBY Award
http://www.bookweb.org/news/awards/370.html
No called the Book Sense Book of the Year awards.

Bram Stoker Award
http://www.horror.org/stokers.htm
Given by the Horror Writer's Association for Superior Achievement

Arthur C Clark star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.appomattox.demon.co.uk/acca/
Goes annually to the best sci-fi novel published in Britain in the previous year.

Pura Belpre Award
http://www.ala.org
The Caldecott Medal is an ALA award given to the artist of the most distinguished latino/latina award for children.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
http://www.hbook.com/bghb.shtml
Awards for fiction and poetry, nonfiction, and picture book.

Caldecott Medal star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ala.org
The Caldecott Medal is an ALA award given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, it was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

Carnegie Medal
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/carnegie/carn.html
Awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award
http://www.childrensbookguild.org/awardnonfiction.htm
Award for American nonfiction for children.

Coretta Scott King star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ala.org/srrt/csking/
The Coretta Scott King Author Award is an ALA award given to the an author and an illustrator of African descent whose inspirational books best promote an appreciation of the American Dream.

Edgar Awards
http://www.mysterynet.com/edgars/
Awards in the mystery field.

Golden Kite
http://www.scbwi.org/awards/gk_main.htm

Governor General Award from Canada
http://www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggla/default.asp

Hugo Award star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.wsfs.org/hugos.html
Given annually for Science Fiction writing by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS)

Kate Greenaway Medal
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/green/green.html
Awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for children from the UK.

National Book Critics
http://www.bookcritics.org/awards.html

National Book Award star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.nationalbook.org/nba.html

National Council of the Teachers of English Awards
http://www.ncte.org/about/awards/

National Science Teachers Association Book Awards
http://www.nsta.org/ostbc

Nebula Award
http://www.sfwa.org/awards/

Nestle Smarties Book Prize
http://www.booktrusted.co.uk/nestle/index.html
One of the longest running and most respected children's book prizes in the UK

Newbery Medal Award star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ala.org
The Newbery Medal is an ALA award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, it was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.
Related Websites: Newbery Authors, Newberys Ranked

Nobel for Literature
http://www.nobel.se/literature/laureates/index.html
The award is granted for an author’s entire body of work

Scott O'Dell Award
http://www.scottodell.com/sosoaward.html
The award is given to a book for children.

Orbis Pictus Award from NCTE star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ncte.org/about/awards/sect/elem/106877.htm
The award is given to the author of the most distinguished nonfiction book for children.

Pen/Faulkner Award
http://www.folger.edu/public/pfaulk/awards.htm

Phoenix Award
http://ebbs.english.vt.edu/chla/Phoenix.html

Pulitzer Prize star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.pulitzer.org/Archive/archive.html
Given for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, letters, and music.

Michael L. Printz Award star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz
The Michael L. Printz Award is an ALA award for "a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association."

Robert F. Sibert Award star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ala.org/
The Robert F. Sibert Award is an ALA ALSC award given to the author of the most distinguished informational book for children.

Young Adults from ALA
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/bbya/
List of great books for young adutls.

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State Book Awards

Eliot Rosewater Indiana Book Award
http://www.ilfonline.org/Programs/Rosie/rcurrent.htm

Maryland MAE (Margaret A. Edwards) Award
http://ccpl.carr.org/mae/

Young Hoosier Award
http://www.ilfonline.org/Programs/YHBA/yhba.htm

Links to State Lists

BookTalks - Quick and Simple State Award Nominees star graphic indicates quality website
http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/state_awards.htm

State Award Books from Reading Corner star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.carr.lib.md.us/read/stateAwardbks.htm
Each state is listed with their book award and website (a few dead links)

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Specialized Book Lists

Booklist Editor's Choice
http://www.ala.org/
Annual list of best books.

Readings and Books from the NYPL
http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61

100 picture books everyone show know.

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Book Award Lists

Amazon Books - Awards star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/542942/002-4925195-9876041
Lists popular awards and books.

BookSpot
http://bookspot.com/awards/
Provides links to well-known book awards.

BookWeb
http://www.bookweb.org/news/awards/

Links to awards

Children's Book Awards
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/%7Edkbrown/awards.html
List of major awards (some links old).

Children's Book Awards and Other Literary Prizes star graphic indicates quality website
http://falcon.jmu.edu/%7Eramseyil/awards.htm
Great list of awards.

City of Mountain View Public Library star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/citydepts/lib/bl/award_winners.htm

Literature Awards
http://www.literature-awards.com/

Random House Awards List
http://www.randomhouse.com/teachersbdd/trc_awards.html
Links to ALA books and popular state books.

Reader's Advisory from MCPL
http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/
Links to award winning titles and book lists

Reader Read
http://www.readersread.com/awards/
Links to book awards

Wordworth Award Winners
http://ishop.wordsworth.com/sfeatures/awards.asp
Links to award winning books and lists.

Yahooligans: Book Awards star graphic indicates quality website
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/school_bell/language_arts/book_awards/
Links to book award websites.

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Online Award Winners

Prize Winning Books Online star graphic indicates quality website
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/prize.html
You can read many of the older books online. Check out Newbery, Nobel, and Pulitzer Prize books available for free online.

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Awards You Can Win

PEN American Center star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.pen.org/awards/awards.htm
Lists literary awards.

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Explore A Book Award

Read about an award you haven't explored before. Read one of the books. Why do you think this is a worthwhile award?


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