Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Award and Frequency
The Award is restricted to author(s) and illustrator(s) who are citizens or residents of the United States.
The committee in its deliberations is to consider only the books eligible for the award, as specified in the terms.
The "author(s) and illustrator(s)" may include co-authors and co-illustrators. The author(s) and illustrator(s) may be awarded the medal posthumously.
"Distinguished" is defined as: Marked by distinction: noted for significant achievement; Marked by excellence in quality; Marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence; Individually distinct; Providing a stimulating and successful reading experience for the beginning reader containing the kind of plot, sensibility, and rhythm that can carry a child along from start to finish.
"American children’s literature" means that books originally published in other countries are not eligible.
"Contribution to the body of children’s literature that encourages and supports the beginning reader" indicates the text of a book, which must be directed at readers from pre-K through Grade 2. The book must also contain illustrations, which function as keys or clues to the text. The committee shall consider all forms of writing—fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Reprints and compilations are not eligible.
How to submit books for consideration for the Geisel Award:
- Review the terms and criteria for the award.
- Mail one copy of the book to the ALSC office (ATTN: Caldecott Submission, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611-2795).
- Mail one copy of the book to the award committee chair. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for address information.
- ALSC membership is not a requirement to submit your work.
- If you wish, you may attach a cover letter with your contact information to your final work. There is not a submission form to fill out or an entry fee for the Geisel Award.
The ALSC office is only requesting for one copy to be sent to the ALSC office and one copy to the committee chair. Standards are in place for the committee members to review and share submissions. If you are submitting for multiple awards, only one copy needs to be sent to the ALSC office.
Neither the ALSC office nor the committee chair can confirm receipt of submissions. If you would like to confirm receipt of your submission please use a mailing service with delivery confirmation. Submissions that are dropped off in- person to the ALSC office will not be accepted.
The ALSC office cannot answer eligibility questions or advise on which award your submission is eligible for. It is up to you to review the terms and criteria and if you feel you qualify, submit as appropriate. Eligibility is determined by the committee and is confidential.
The book and media awards are announced each year at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in January. The materials received by the ALSC office throughout the year will be used for ALSC’s Bookapalooza Program. The Bookapalooza Program selects three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of these materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.
Deadline for submitting books is December 31 of the publication year.
Contact InformationIf you need more information, feel free to contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail: email@example.com; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.