The Caldecott Award
The Caldecott Award is given every year to the
illustrator of the most distinguished American
picture book for children. The award is named for
Randolph Caldecott, the famous English artist and
illustrator of books for children.
The award is sponsored and presented by the
American Library Association.
The first award was given in 1938.
Other books with outstanding illustrations are named
as Honor Books each year.
The Caldecott Award
John Newbery was a publisher. He lived in
London, England and published books for
Frederic G. Melcher was an American
bookseller. He organized Children’s Book
In 1921 he created the idea of giving an award
to the author of the most distinguished
contribution to American literature for
The award was named after John Newbery.
A bronze medal engraved with the winner’s
name and the year is delivered to responsible
authorities. Members of the American
Library Association select a winner each year.
Other authors who have contributed to the
writing of American literature for children are
awarded for Honor Books each year.
The Kentucky Bluegrass Award
An Annual Award for the Best Book as
Chosen by the Students of Kentucky
Kentucky public and private schools as well as
public libraries are welcome to participate in the
In 1982, two faculty members of Northern Kentucky
University with money from a grant created this
award. The first award was given in 1983.
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented
annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the
American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural
Information Exchange Round Table. Recipients are
authors and illustrators of African descent whose
distinguished books promote an understanding and
appreciation of the "American Dream."
Winners of the Coretta Scott King Award receive a
framed citation, an honorarium, and a set of
Encyclopedia Britannica or World Book
The 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.
The Belpre Medal
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public
Library. 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. It
is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of
the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to
Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA
The Carnegie Medal
The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding
video productions for children released during the
The 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.
The Odyssey Award
This annual award is given to the producer of the best
audiobook produced for children and/or young adults,
available in English in the United States.
The Robert F. Sibert 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. The
award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-
time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of
Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.
American Library Association
Children's Literature Awards
Winners are announced each year on the Monday of
the American Library Association Mid-Winter
Meeting (January/February). The Award
presentation takes place at the ALA Conference