The awards below are some of the most important honors, both American and international, awarded to exceptional children's literature. You may also be interested in the online listings of international awards (provided by Reading Rockets.org), national awards, and state and regional awards provided by YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith or in this full listing of all ALA book, print, and media awards.
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
The EJK Book Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator of picture books for children by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.
This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
The Orbis Pictus Award was established by the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children.
The Scott O'Dell Award is given annually to the author of a meritorious work of historical fiction published in the previous year for children or young adults.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book, written for children, that was published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
Awarded to an outstanding American children's book that will appeal to children in third through sixth grades.
The Wilder 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.
Presented every two years, this award honors the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians for a juvenile audience.
Presented annually by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), these awards include a children's literature category.
Established in 1999, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.
The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the Sydney Taylor Book Award is given annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
Awards for Books about People with Special Needs
The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.
Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
Awards from Other Countries
One of the United Kingdom's oldest and most prestigious awards for children's literature, the Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.
The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually in the United Kingdom for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.