Children's Book Awards

There are dozens of annual children's book awards. The oldest and best known of the awards are the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal. These awards are presented each year by the American Library Association (ALA) along with other awards in over 20 categories.

Other well known children's book awards include the Charlotte Zolotow Award, presented by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), the Boston Globe-Hoern Book Awards, and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

ALA Awards for Children's Books

Caldecott Medal

Honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Medal

Honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Batchelder Award

Given to an American publisher for a children's book published outside the United States, and subsequently translated into English.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator)

Recognizing an African American Illustrator of outstanding books for children

Belpré Medal (Illustrator)

Honors a Latino/Latina illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Geisel Medal

Honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books.

Sibert Informational Book Medal

Honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

ALA Awards for Children's and/or Young Adult Books

Coretta Scott King (Author)

Recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Belpré Medal (Author)

Honors a Latino/Latina author whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Odyssey Award

Given to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults.

Other Awards for Children's Books

Charlotte Zolotow Award

Awarded for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States.

Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards

Winners are selected in three categories:

Ezra Jack Keats Award

Recognizes and encourages authors and illustrators new to the field of children's books.