Childrens Book Awards
Building Block Picture Book Award
Children not yet in first grade vote for the PB Bear award. They must have had 5 books
from the list read to them.
Show Me Reader
The Show Me Reader Award recognizes authors and illustrators of books that are favorites
of Missouri kids. The award is elected by students of Missouri in grades one through three
who have read or had read to them a mimimum of six books on the current nominee list.
The Mark Twain Award is named for Missouri's best known writer, Mark Twain. The award is
elected by students of Missouri in grades four through eight and presented annually to a
living United States author.
The Gateway Readers Award honors an author of young adult novels. The
award is selected by students in grades nine through twelve who have read at least three
of the titles on the current master list.
National Childrens Book Awards
Newbery Medal Award
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.
Randolph 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.
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of
the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are
authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an
understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream. "
The Award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honors his
widow, Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing the work for
peace and world brotherhood. Coretta Scott King Awards
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.
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.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Best childrens book first publishedin a foreign language in a foreign country and
subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
A. Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author's lifetime
achievement for writing books that have been popular with teenagers.
Andrew Carnegie Medal
The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children'sVideo, supported by the Carnegie
Corporation of New York, honors outstanding video productions for children.
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award
To invite an individual of distinction to prepare and present a paper that will be a
significant contribution to the field of children's literature and that will subsequently
be published in the Journal of Youth Services in Libraries.