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Identifying Award-Winning Children's Books
Below are links to the major award-granting organizations where you can find children's books that have been honored by those organizations.
The John Newbery Medal
The first children's book award in the world, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. Discover Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present.
The Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Discover Caldecott Medal & Honor Book award-winners from 1938-Present.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are 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. Discover all of the books that have been honored with this award from 1970 to the present.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Discover Horn book award winners and honor books from 1967 to the present.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Discover the authors honored by this award from 1954 to the present.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States. Discover books that have been honored with this award from 1968 to the present.
Children's Notable Lists
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos. Use the links on this page to access current and past children's notable lists.
Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is 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. Discover award-winning titles from 1976 to the present.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. Discover Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001-present
(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award
The Geisel Award is 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. Discover (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award winners and honor books, 2006 - present.
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. Use the links on this page to access current and past award winners.
Selection Resources in Print
Below is a small sample of the library's print resources that focus on selecting children's books. If you don't see what you need here, search the library catalog or WorldCat for more!
Looking for more selection tools? Try searching the library catalog!
Search the library catalog to find print and e-books that provide synopses and reviews of children's books as well as selection tools for evaluating resources.
Still can't find it? Try WorldCat.
If you don't find what you need in Simmons' catalog, search WorldCat for books in other local libraries or in libraries around the world.