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If you want your book considered for an award for promotional purposes, here is a list you will find useful. Below are descriptions awards and honors from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), with links for more information.


May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Author
  • Critic
  • Librarian
  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • International

Batchelder Award

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. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • English Translation
  • International

Belpré Medal

The Pura Belpr’ Award, established in 1996, 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. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Latino Culture
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Caldecott Medal

The Medal shall be awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • Illustrator
  • United States

Geisel Award

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. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Beginning Reader
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Children

Odyssey Award

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 selection committee may also select honor titles. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • English
  • Audio Book
  • Children
  • YA

Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Non-fiction
  • Illustrated

Wilder Medal

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. With the 2016 award year, the medal will be announced annually. See the award web page ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Awards from American Library Association and Affiliates ▹