This page provides links to information about major awards for youth literature.


Alex Awards
Given to adult books that appeal to young readers. Sponsored by the American Library Association.yalsanew2.jpg

Best Books for Young Adults
Annual list of best young adult books selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (part of ALA).

Book Sense Book of the Year
Represents the books that independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling in a given year.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Started in 1967 and awarded in the areas of Picture Books, Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction.

Caldecott Medal
Award for picture books sponsored by the American Library Association.

Coretta Scott King Book Award
Given to African American authors and illustrators for works that “promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.”

edgar.jpgEdgar Allan Poe Awards
Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America to the best works in the mystery genre.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Annual list selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association of ALA.

Margaret A. Edwards Award
Honors authors for lifetime achievement in the field of young adult literature (sponsored by YALSA).

Michael Printz Award
Award for excellence in teen (young adult) literature awarded by YALSA (part of ALA).
National Book Awards
One of America’s most distinguished awards, presented in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

Newbery Medal
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (part of ALA) to the most distinguished American work of children’s literature.

Sequoyah Book Awards
Oklahoma students choose the winners of this award. There is a children’s and young adult category.

Whitbread Book Awards (now Costa Book Awards)
One of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary awards, won by Philip Pullman in 2001 for The Amber Spyglass.

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