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Children’s Book Award List

This list is a great place for anyone to look for excellent children’s books to read. It was designed for educators who were enrolled in the Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL Distance learning course,  Beyond the Newbery: Discovering Excellence in Children’s Literature. 

The John Newbery Medal




Michael Printz Award


National Book Award for Young People


Charlotte Zolotow Award


Boston Globe Horn Book


Alex Awards


SCBWI Golden Kite Award


America’s Award


Carter G. Woodson Award


Coretta Scott King Award


Jane Addams Book Award


Dolly Gray Award


LITA’s Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction (includes Golden Duck, Eleanor Cameron Award, Hal Clement Award)


Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award


This is the link which is the main home page. However, it was not working (7/03/19)

The Edgars


Hans Christian Andersen Medal


Children’s Literature Legacy Award (Formerly the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)


Margaret A. Edwards Award


Ezra Jack Keats Award

If you would like to see the entire list of State Award Books, go to:


Some of the State Award Books Include:

The Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award: http://maudhartlovelace.org/

The Texas Bluebonnet Award: http://www.txla.org/TBA

The Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award


The Young Adult Library Services Association is one of the best resources for lists. The lists include:

  • YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound
  • YALSA Booklists, Best Books For Young Adults
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Young Adults
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

To access all lists go here:


Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Books

Booklist: Editors Choice


The Cybils Blogger Literary Awards

The Cybils are a new award. The Cybils are the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger Literary award. This is a new award in 2006. To read more:


Jen Robinson’s Book Page

This blog has an incredible amount of links and she posts a wealth of information about kid books, usually middle grade and young adult fiction.


Fuse #8

Fuse #8 is written by a children’s book librarian in the New York Public Library. She has specific tastes on what books she thinks work and what do not. Usually a lively place to find good conversation about books.

CynStations (Author Cynthia Leitich Smith)

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith has one of the best blogs for book reviews. She has a keen way of knowing which books are excellent books, long before the awards are announced, and always provides interviews with authors. Also of note is her website which provides fabulous information about writing for kids and children’s books.



 Additional Resources

Richie’s Picks


Guys Read


6 responses to “Children’s Book Award List

  1. […] Excellence in Children’s Literature,” will often tell me that this is one of the Children’s Book Awards which is not known as well as some of the others such as the Newbery and […]

  2. Kelli Kesler says:

    Hi Mindy,
    Thanks so much for the information about your wonderful website and the collection you’ve made of book awards! It’s an overwhelming task to get a handle on the many awards and the unique criteria for each.

  3. […] The talk is based on one of my classes that I teach to educators–Discovering Excellence in Children’s Literature. In the class, educators have the opportunity to learn about all types of awards which are given to children’s books such as The Alex Awards, The Texas Bluebonnet Awards, and the Maud Lovelace Awards. (The entire list of awards covered in the class can be found here.) […]

  4. I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I absolutely liked reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the information coming. I loved it!

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