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Book Lists

American Library Association Award-Winners

Caldecott Medal Caldecott – The (Randolph) Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Award Newbery – The (John) Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Coretta Scott King Award Coretta Scott King – The Coretta Scott KIng Award is given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding, inspirational, and educational contributions, these titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples.

Theodore Geisel Award Geisel – The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

Pura Belpré Award Pura Belpré – The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of children’s literature.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Wilder – The (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Notabale Children's Books Notable Children’s Books – Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.


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