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."
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.
The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are well known awards for children's books. However, there are many more! See the complete list below. You can search the SCF Libraries Quick Search for a specific title to see if we have it (hint: we have many of them!)
Newbery Medal: for the best children's literature
Caldecott Medal: for the best picture books
Diversity in general (young reader and teen categories): The Walter Dean Myers Award
African Americans: Coretta Scott King Award
Latinx: Pura Belpré Award
Native Americans: American Indian Youth Literature Award
Asian American & Pacific: Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APALA)
Chinese Americans: CALA Annual Best Book Award
LGBTQIA+ Experiences: Stonewall Award
Disabilities Experiences: Schneider Family Award
More about all awards at the ALA Youth Media Awards page.
Young readers: Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA)
Kindergarten to Second Grade: SSYRA Jr.
Grades 9-12: Florida Teens Read