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Book Awards

Recommended readings based on the most important awards given to literature in the U.S. and the World.

Look for these seals...

newbery medalprintz award medalMorris Award MedalCoretta s king MedalBelpre Award Medal

What are book awards?

And the winner is...

Each year, different organizations or groups associated with reading, literature, language, and libraries, select

the best books based on specific categories to give them special "Book Awards."


Who gives the Awards?

Some of the well known awards are selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and its affiliates; others are selected by English or literature teachers' associations, publishers, and other organizations.


What are the main awards?

Awards for Children


Newbery Medal: for the best children's literature

Caldecott Medalfor the best picture books 


Awards for Teens (Young Adults)

Printz Award: for excellence in Young Adult literature

Alex Awards: Lists of 10 books with appeal for 12-18 year-olds


Awards that Celebrate Diversity

Coretta Scott King Award: Books by and about African Americans

Pura Belpré Award: Books by and about Latinx

American Indian Youth Literature Award: Books by and about Native Americans

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APALA): Books by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Americans

CALA Annual Best Book Award: Books by and about Chinese Americans

Stonewall Award: Books about the LGBTQI+ experiences

Schneider Family Award: Books about experiences with disabilities


Find out more about all the other ALA Youth Media Awards