Last week, I wrote about the ‘big two’ children’s book awards, the Newbery and the Caledcott. In addition to these, the American Library Association has several other awards for children’s books that are worth knowing about. I’ve written about some of the winners below, and for a full list, including all the honors books and awards for media, click here.
The Sibert Award is awarded to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
Winner: Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (This was also a Newbery Honor book).
The Geisel Award, named after Theodore Geisel, aka Dr Seuss, is given 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 Coretta Scott King Award is given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions.
Winner – Author: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Winner – Illustrator: I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Bryan Collier
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The Pura Belpre Award is for the 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.
Winner – Author: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Winner – Illustrator: Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by David Diaz
Giving a medal or an honor to a book ensures that, at the very least, it will be in most public libraries and it will draw the attention of the library world and the interested general public. This is especially important for winners of the lower profile awards, like the ones I’ve written about here. They are all excellent books that you may not have come across – give them a look and let us know what you think.