Below are some of the possible awards for authors and illustrators of children's books. If you are interested in finding books that have won a given award, navigate to the page linked for each award to browse award-winners. Then, do a title search in the Milner Library catalog of titles that interest you. Make sure to restrict the location to the Teaching Materials Center using the filters on the right of the screen once you have entered the title.
The Coretta Scott King Awards are among 30+ annual Youth Media Awards sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of the awards is "to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African American authors and illustrators."
The Pura Belpré Award was established in 1996 and is presented 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. Up until 2008, it was awarded biennally. It is now awarded annually as part of ALA's Youth Media Awards, and includes both author and illustrator awards. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, known for enriching the lives of Puerto Rican children by preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.
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 and Honors are presented in three categories: Teen, Middle School, and Young Children's.
Sponsored by The Jane Addams Peace Foundation, this award recognizes literary and aesthetical excellence in children's books that help children understand and embrace peace, social justice, the global community and equity for all people.
Presented annually since 2016, The Walter Award, named for Walter Dean Myers, began as a teen category and has since expanded to include a Younger Readers category.
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