I started looking for Award Winning Children’s Books as I ran out of books to read to my own kids. There are many awards out there and children’s book awards are given to authors and illustrators of books and poems by various book organizations like the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Book Sellers for Children, and the American Booksellers Association.
In researching and developing this list, I also found that book awards and medals are given out in many different categories, such as, children’s age groups, where the book was published, who the author was, the list goes on and on. In addition, many different sources ranging from libraries to literacy and special interest organizations.
The selection process for determining an award winning book or an honor book also widely varies, ranging from a few choice people to choice awards via online voting.
The books you find here are mainly US national awards (as there are just as many regional book awards and non-US book awards) and have been the ones I have come across in searching online and visiting book stores. I hope you find this list useful and please let me know if I’ve missed an award.
- The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
- The John Newbery Medal
- The Randolph Caldecott Medal
- The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
- The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
- The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
- The Orbis Pictus Award
- The Golden Kite Awards
- The Josette Frank Award,
- The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
- The Claudia Lewis Award
- The Christopher Awards
- The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards
- The Indies Choice Book Awards
- The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards
- The Parents’ Choice Gold Book Awards
- The Children’s Choice Book Awards
- The Boston Globe – Horn Book Award.
Although, not all of our favorite books make these lists, if you are like me and run out of things to read to your kids, these certainly fill in the gaps.