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​Award Winners: Books

Browse our collection of award-winning book lists including winners of the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Caldecott Medal and more.


American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards (AILA) are given out every 2 years with an award for Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult. The awards, established in 2006, honor the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

Caldecott Medal Award

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This list covers selections in our catalog from 1980 to the present.

Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award is given annually by the American Library Association 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. 

National Book Award: Fiction​ 
National Book Award: Nonfiction​ 

The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. 

Newbery Medal Award

The Newbery Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English publisher John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Printz Young Adult Fiction Award

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

Pulitzer Prize: Fiction

Award for distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

Pulitzer Prize: Nonfiction

For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category.

​Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

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