Children's Book Awards - from other organizations

The list of awards below was originally published in Children and Libraries (Vol. 13, no. 3/Fall 2015) and has been updated since. The issue's theme was diversity. The list contains a sampling of book awards and recommended reading lists that highlight high-quality literature for young people about diverse peoples and triumphs of the human spirit.

American Library Association (ALA)

Alex Award imageAlex Award
Focus: ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults (ages 12 through 18).

Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Focus: the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

Best Fiction for Young Adults
Focus: recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

CSK seal imageCoretta Scott King Book Awards
ALA, Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table
Focus: books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Michael L. Printz Award
Focus: a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Rainbow Book List
ALA, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table
Focus: books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content.

Rise: A Feminist Book Project
ALA, Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table
Focus: books with significant feminist content.

Schneider Family Book Award
Focus: books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Stone Wall Book Award imageStonewall Book Awards
ALA, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table
Focus: books relating to the GLBT experience.

ALA Affiliates

Affiliate organizations of the American Library Association are groups having a purpose or interests similar to those of the Association. Affiliate status requires a formal application process, ALA Executive Board review and recommendation, and ALA Council action.

ALA Affiliates are independent organizations, not official units of ALA. As such, the awards administered by ALA Affiliate groups are not included in ALA's Youth Media Award announcements at the annual ALA Midwinter Meeting.

American Indian Youth Literature Award
American Indian Library Association
Focus: writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

APALA Award imageAsian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
Focus: books about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage.

Sydney Taylor Book Award
Association of Jewish Libraries
Focus: books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Other Organizations

Jane Addams Children's Book Awards
Jane Addams Peace Association
Focus: books that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and equality.

Américas Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Focus: books that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the U.S.

Arab American Book Award imageArab American Book Award
Arab American National Museum
Focus: books written by and about Arab Americans.

Award for Poetry for Children SealAward for Excellence in Poetry and Annual Notable List of Poetry Books and Verse Novels for Children
National Council of Teachers of English
Focus: a living American poet for their aggregate work, list reflects the best poetry and verse novels for children each year

Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education
Focus: annual list of outstanding titles considering literary quality, accuracy, the potential impact on young readers, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

Charlotte Huck Seal imageCharlotte Huck Award®
National Council of Teachers of English
Focus: outstanding for children

The Christopher Awards
The Christophers
Focus: media that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.

Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award
Council for Exceptional Children
Focus: books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Focus: books that portray universal qualities of childhood, strong and supportive family, and multiculturalism.

Freeman Book Awards
National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Asia for Educators, and Committee on Teaching about Asia
Focus: books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia.

Middle East Book Award
Middle East Outreach Council
Focus: books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East.

Orbis%20Pictus%20Seal-Award%20Winner-GOLDOrbis Pictus Award®
National Council of Teachers of English
Focus: outstanding nonfiction for children

Regina Medal
Catholic Library Association
Focus: continued, distinguished contribution to children’s literature without regard to the nature of the contribution

South Asia Book Awards
South Asia National Outreach Consortium
Focus: books that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad.

Walter Dean Myers Award
We Need Diverse Books
Focus: books that best exemplify Myers’s commitment to providing children with powerful mirrors and windows.

National Jewish Book Awards imageNational Jewish Book Award
Jewish Book Council
Focus: books of Jewish interest.

Rivera Book Award imageTomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Texas State University
Focus: literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.

Skipping Stones Honor Awards
Skipping Stones Magazine
Focus: multicultural and nature books.

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
National Council for the Social Studies
Focus: social studies-related books that depict ethnicity and race relations sensitively and accurately.