Book Awards and Outstanding Booklists

Below are links to organizations that give an award or prepares lists of outstanding children's and young adult literature. Click on the link to get to their awards lists.

  • General Information About the Awards
  • Weblinks to the Awards
  • Teacher Resources

General Information about Awards


Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
This searchable website lists children's book awards from around the world. Use their links to get to booklists of award-winning titles.

University Libraries' Lib Guides Children's Book Awards Page
Assembled by Kathryn Reynolds, this has links to most of the major children's book awards.


Links to the Awards


Alex Awards
Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, lists ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 - 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

Best Books for Young Adults
This was an annual list of fiction and non-fiction titles (published in the previous year) recommended for ages 12 - 18 by a committee of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. Each book listed met the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for young adults. To identify the "best of the best", an annual list of Top 10 Titles was announced. In 2010, Best Books for Young Adults Committee was discontinued when it was divided into 2: Best Fiction for Young Adults and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

Best Fiction for Young Adults
This is an annual list of fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 - 18 by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. A Top 10 List, selected from this list, is announced each year.

Boston Globe- Horn Book Award/Honor
This award is co-presented annually by the Boston Globe and Horn Book Magazine to three categories of children's literature: picture book, fiction and poetry and non-fiction. The winning titles must be published in the U.S., but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. Honor books are announced annually.

Carnegie Medal
This medal is awarded annually to the writer of a book of outstanding literary quality for children, published first in the United Kingdom. It is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). A shortlist of titles considered is available on the website.

Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor
This award is given annual to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year, administered by the Cooperative children's Book Center (CCBC), a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Honor Books and Highly Recommended Titles are announced annually.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards/Honor
These awards are given annually in several categories to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, selected by a committee administered by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), a round table of the American Library Association.

Edgar Allan Poe Juvenile Award
This award for the best juvenile mystery is given annually by Mystery Writers of America.

Edgar Allan Poe Young Adult Award
This award for the best young adult mystery is given annually by Mystery Writers of America.

Golden Kite Award/Honor
This is an award is given annually by members of the Society of Children's Book Writers to their peer who has written or illustrated the most "outstanding children's book". Honor Books are named each year.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
This annual list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those aged 12-18 is prepared by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. A list of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens is also prepared annually.

Horn Book Fanfare
This list of outstanding books is considered the best children's and young adult books of the year by Horn Book Magazine.

Jane Addams Book Award/Honor
Awarded annually to 2 books (one for younger children, one for older children) that most effectively promotes peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races, as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence. It is administered by the Jane Addams Peace Association. Honor books are named each year.

John Newbery Medal/Honor
This annual award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Honor books may be named each year.


Kate Greenaway Medal
This annual award is given for the most distinguished work in the illustration of children's books, published first in the United Kingdom. It is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). A shortlist of titles considered is available on the website.

Michael L. Printz Award/Honor
This annual award goes to the outstanding title of fiction or non-fiction that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature, determined by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Honor Books are named each year.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award/Honor
As an ambassador to the world on behalf of children and books, her award "encourages the translation of the world's best children's literature."

New York Times Best Illustrated
Annually, a panel of judges is tasked by the NYT Book Review to select the 10 winners from among the several thousand children's picture books published each year.

Notable Children's Books
Annually, a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, identifies the best of the best in children's books, using the criteria: worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. Eligibility includes books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

Notable Social Studies Tradebooks
A Book Review Committee appointed by the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC) compiles an annual list of trade books useful for classroom use in grades K-8 that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, presents an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, have a pleasing formate, and when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

Orbis Pictus Award/Honor
This annual award was created to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of nonfiction picture book for children (gr. K-8) by the National Council of English Teachers. Honor Books are named each year.

Outstanding Science Trade Book
A book review panel appointed by the National Council of Science Teachers (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC) compiles this annual list of outstanding science trade books for grades K-12.

Pura Belpre Award/Honor
Awarded annually, these awards are presented to Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an American Library Association affiliate. Honor Books are named each year.

Randolph Caldecot Medal/Honor
The medal is given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, determined by a committee of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Honor Books may be named each year.

Robert F. Sibert Award/Honor
This award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year, as selected by a committee of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Honor Books are named each year.

Schneider Family Book Award
Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The disability can be physical, mental or emotional.

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
This annual award of $5,000 goes to an author for a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. Established by author Scott O'Dell to encourage writers to focus on historical fiction and is administered by the Scott O'Dell Award Committee.

Stonewall Book Award
This award is given annually to English-language books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Roundtable (GLBTRT), a round table of the American Library Association.

Sydney Taylor Award
This annual award is given to titles in three categories (Younger Reader, Older Readers, Teen Readers) each year that authentically portray the Jewish experience, awarded by a committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Honor Books and Notable Books in each category are named every year.

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award/Honor
This annual award recognizes 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. It is awarded by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Honor Books are named each year.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
This annual award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 - October 31 publishing year. A shortlist of up to 5 titles are named the first week of December.

Teacher Resources


ERC PROF BK Z1037 .A2 P46 2014 Check Availability
Phelps, A.P. & McCollough, C.J. (2014). Coretta Scott King Award books, discussion guide: Pathway to democracy. Chicago: American Library Association.
This discussion guide will give ideas to help teachers include CSK books in their discussions about becoming better citizens. Gr. K-up.

Teacher Resource: Nick Glass/TeachingBooks.net 2011 Award/Honor Winner Interviews