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Award Winning Children's Books
Newbery Medal Award
Named for 18th-century British book publisher John Newbery, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
2013 Newbery Medal winner: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children's Books)
2013 Honor Books:
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press)
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press)
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage (Dial books for Young Readers)
Caldecott Medal Award
Named for 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." This award, also granted by the Association for Library Service to Children, is awarded to a United States citizen or resident.
2013 Caldecott Medal winner: This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
2013 Honor Books:
Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Balzer + Bray)
Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter Books)
One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Awards from the American Booksellers Association (ABA)
The ABA gives two categories of awards and inducts classics into their hall of fame.
Indies Choice Book Awards: This award honors both illustrated and non-illustrated "hidden gems": those children's books most often recommended to customers by the booksellers themselves. Here are the 2012 winners:
Young Adult Book of the Year: Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel)
Most Engaging Author: Ann Patchett
E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards: Named for E.B. White, who wrote the classic Charlotte's Web, this award singles out books "that reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White's collection of beloved books." Here the 2012 winners:
The Apothecary, written by Maile Meloy and illustrated by Ian Schoenherr (Putnam Juvenile) Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis (Balzer + Bray)
Picture Book: I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
2012 Picture Book Hall of Fame Inductees:
Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap/Philomel) Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney (Viking Juvenile/Puffin)
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of three judges (new each year) selected by Horn Book editors in consultation with a Boston Globe representative. Books must be published in the United States but are not limited to those by U.S. authors.
2013 Picture Book Award Winner: Building Our House, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
2013 Fiction and Poetry Award Winner: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin's Griffin)
2013 Nonfiction Winner: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Robert Byrd (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Administered since 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center—a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison—the Charlotte Zolotow Award is given every year for the best picture book text (U.S.-published) for newborns through 7- year-olds. Charlotte Zolotow, by the way, was a very well-respected and distinguished children's book editor for nearly 40 years with Harper Junior Books. She also wrote more than 70 picture books.
2013 Winner: Each Kindness, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Penguin Books) 2013
Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin)
Me and Momma and Big John, written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low (Candlewick Press)
Flabbersmashed about You, written by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Yumi Heo (Feiwel & Friends)
Josette Frank Award (Children's Book Award)
The Josette Frank Award honors a book or books of fiction through which "children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally." This award used to be known as the "Children's Book Award" (1943-1997). Josette Frank was the editor of many children's anthologies, especially poetry, and she served as the executive director of the Child Study Association of America.
2013 Josette Frank Award (Fiction) Winner: Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (Knopf/Random House)
2012 Josette Frank Award (Fiction) Winner: Bluefish, by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick)
Elizabeth Burr Award
The Elizabeth Burr Award is given each year by the Wisconsin Library Association to a Wisconsin author/illustrator for distinguished achievement in children's literature. The recipient is selected by the Association's Children's Book Award Committee.
2013 Winner: Zayde Comes to Live, written by Sheri Sinykin (formerly of Madison, Wisconsin), illustrated by Kristina Swarner (Peachtree Publishers)
International Reading Association Children's and Young Adult Book Awards
The International Reading Association (IRA) Children's and Young Adult Book Awards go to authors for their first or second published book for the child to young adult (preschool to age 17) audience. Two awards—for fiction and nonfiction—are given in each of three categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Authors can be from any country, and the books can be printed in any language. Here are the winners and honors books for children in the fiction and nonfiction categories:
2013 Primary Fiction Winner: One Frozen Lake, written by Deborah Jo Larson, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
2013 Primary Fiction Honor: The Unruly Queen, by E.S. Redmond (Candlewick Press)
2013 Primary Nonfiction Winner: Eight Days Gone, written by Linda McReynolds, illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke (Charlesbridge) 2013 Primary Nonfiction Honor: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, by Christy Hale (Lee & Low Books, Inc.)
Golden Kite Award
The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children's book authors and artists by their fellow authors and artists. Four Golden Kite Statuettes—for fiction, nonfiction, picture book text, and picture book illustration—are awarded each year to the most outstanding children's books published during that year that were written or illustrated by members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
2013 Fiction Winner: The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, by Joanne Rocklin (Amulet Books)
2013 Nonfiction Winner: Noah Webster and His Words, written by Jeri Chase Ferris, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
2013 Picture Book Text Winner: Me and Momma and Big John, written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low (Candlewick) 2013 Picture Book Illustration Winner: Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Kids Can Press)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gág
Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
I hope many of you are familiar with most—if not all—of these titles. Did you relive a bit of your childhood as you read
through the titles? Make it a personal goal to become reacquainted with the good literature of the past and acquainted with the good books of the present. It will make you a stronger writer and critic of the field. Learn from the experts at your fingertips!
About.com's Children's Literature
This is a great place to start your journey discovering children's literature. You'll want to bookmark this site and return time and again for inspiration and direction. This site is one of my favorites.
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL)
DAWCL has over 4,000 records of 50 awards across five English-speaking countries (the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom). Spend some time exploring this site using key search tools such as setting, time period, reading level, and more.
Anita Silvey: Children's Book Expert
Silvey has vast experience in the world of children's book publishing, editing, and writing. Spend a few moments with a leader in the field and learn about the craft of children's publishing.
Newbery Medal Award
Named for 18th-century British book publisher John Newbery, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Included on this site are the winners from 1922 to the present.
Caldecott Medal Award
Named for 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the "most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year." This award, also granted by the Association for Library Service to Children, is awarded to a United States citizen or resident. Included on this site are winners from 1938 to the present.
American Booksellers Children's Book of the Year (or Book Sense) Award
This award is given by the American Booksellers Association to honor illustrated and non-illustrated "hidden gems": those books most often recommended to customers by the booksellers themselves. Since 1993.
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Here you'll find the winners of the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is given annually for the best picture book text published in the United States.
Stump the Bookseller
Can't remember the title of a favorite childhood book? The booksellers at Loganberry Books may be able to help. Want to test your own knowledge of children's books from the past? Read the clues and compare your memory to those of the experts on staff. This site is addictive!
International Reading Association (IRA) Children's and Young Adult Book Awards
Remember, this award goes to new authors of fiction or nonfiction (from any country and in any language). IRA only awards authors for their first or second published book. Since 1975.
Golden Kite Awards
This is the award given by authors' and illustrators' peers! Since 1973.