Book & Media Awards

Welcome to the ALSC Awards hub! Please use the links below or on the left-hand navigation menu to learn more about our awards program.

ALSC fosters values of respect and equality, and therefore accepts media award submissions from all. However, before you submit works for consideration for ALSC awards and notable lists, please visit each award's respective submission page or the FAQ page  prior to submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Book & Media Awards Shelf - Browse all current and past ALSC award recipients!

Purchase award seals for your collection through the ALA store!

Access past Newbery, Caldecott, and Legacy Award Acceptance Speeches

(John) Newbery Medal The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award
The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

(Pura) Belpré Award
The Belpré Award honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. 

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

(ALSC/Booklist/YALSA) Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award (EELDM) recognizes the most distinguished digital media created for an early learning audience by a producer based in the United States.

Children's Literature Legacy Award
The Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Award-Related Merchandise

Are you looking for award seals to embellish your books? What about literature guides to the youth media awards, or a poster to decorate your library? Please visit the Awards Product page at the ALA store to find what you need! Check out the following links for specific award-related merchandise:

Media Award Acceptance Speeches: Audio Downloads (in the middle of the FAQ page)

Book Seals & Images

Award seal purchases and rights and permissions pertaining to use of award and seal images