Collection Management Policies: Major Children's Book Awards
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Descriptions taken from American Library Association
Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998, and became an official ALA award in 2002. The Alex Award is given to ten books, which although written for adults, have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist. Edwards was an inspirational young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called "Alex" by her friends.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children. Batchelder spent 30 years with ALA, working as an ambassador to the world on behalf of children and books, encouraging and promoting the translation of the world's best children's literature. Her life's work was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages."
This annual award, established in her honor in 1966, goes to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
Pura Belprï¿½ Award
The Pura Belprï¿½ 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.
The award is named after Pura Belprï¿½, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. The awards are given biennially.
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. The award is given annually.
Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that has been popular over a period of time. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller 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. The award is given annually.
Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association and is given annually.
Schneider Family Book Awards
The Schneider Family Book Awards, endowed in 2003 by Dr. Katherine Schneider and her family and first presented in 2004, are to honor authors or illustrators of books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience for a child or adolescent. Three awards are given annually: one for birth through grade school audiences (0-8 year olds), one for middle school audiences (9-13 year olds), and one for teen audiences (14-18 year olds).
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, established in 2004 and awarded annually since 2006, is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to American children's beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year. The award is to recognize the author(s) and illustrator(s) of a beginning reader book who demonstrate great creativity and imagination in his/her/their literary and artistic achievements to engage children in reading.
The award is named for the world-renowned children's author, Theodor Geisel. "A person's a person no matter how small," Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." Brilliant, playful and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped them to read.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001, is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois, and is sponsored by the company. ALSC administers the award.
Teen Top Ten List (TTT)
The Teen's Top Ten is a part of YALSA's Young Adult (YA) Galley Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. These groups evaluate books that were published during the sixteen month period of the prior January through April to create a list of nominated titles that they post on the Teen's Top Ten site. During the following October Teen Read Week, teens across the United States cast online ballots. The Teen's Top Ten for the year are determined by the combination of online ballots with the results of a separate vote of the TTT discussion groups.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years.