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Children’s Literature Awards from the ALA

If you want your children’s book considered for an award for promotional purposes, here is a list you will find useful. Below are descriptions of awards and honors from the American Library Association and Affiliates.


Amelia Bloomer List

With determined energy, the Amelia Bloomer Project curates a booklist of notable feminist literature for people from birth to age eighteen. Our work affirms the power of hearing, sharing, and trusting women’s voices. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • YA
  • Children
  • Feminist
  • Women

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Children
  • Picture Book
  • Biography
  • History
  • Social History
  • African American

Rainbow Book List

The Rainbow Book List Committee creates an annual book list of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. Books on the final bibliography, to be determined at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, are published within the assigned calendar year or between July 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • LGBTQ
  • Children
  • YA

Schneider Family Book Award

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. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Disability
  • Children
  • YA

Stonewall Book Awards, Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Books have are honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Publishers, authors, agents, or editors may not nominate their own titles. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • LGBTQ
  • Children
  • YA

American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Children
  • YA
  • Illustration

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • United States
  • Asian/Pacific American
  • Children’s Literature
  • YA
  • Picture Books

Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category. More about the award ▹

Focus

  • Jewish Religion & Culture
  • Literary Merit
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • YA

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