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Teaching Materials Center: Finding Diverse Books for Diverse Learners

Jane Addams Book Award

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.

"The Walter"

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We Need Diverse Books is a not-for-profit advocating for change in the children's literature publishing industry. Their vision is "a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book." 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.

Make Me a World

Christopher Myers (son of Walter Dean Myers) is the creative director of this new imprint. Read about the mission of this niche publisher here and see their contributors and titles committed to the ideal that no child is invisible.

Diverse Book Finder

The Diverse Book Finder is a searchable catalog that has analyzed picture books since 2002 for stories with human characters representing black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The project is funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services in partnership with the Bates College Ladd Library in Lewiston, ME.

Coretta Scott King Awards for Author, Illustrator, and New Talent

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."

Coretta Scott King Author Award
Coretta Scott King Author Honor
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Author Award
Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Illustrator Award

Pura Belpré Awards for 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.

Belpré Author Award
Belpré Author Honor Award
Belpré Illustrator Award
Belpré Illustrator Honor Award

Schneider Family Book Awards

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.


Children's Defense Fund "Books All Children Should Read"

This list is provided by the Children's Defense Fund, whose mission is to lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and to advocate for putting children first in areas of access to education, health care, and in providing a strong moral and spiritual foundation for all children.

Subject Librarian for the School of Teaching and Learning (TCH)

Hi Lo Books

Hi Lo books are designed for students needing books with "high interest" and "low readability." Hi Lo books are an effective tool for supporting readers who need more support and have moved past picture and chapter books. Hi Lo books in the TMC include:
The Bluford Series