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Children's Literature Collections


The Brooks Library includes several award winning children's books in our collection. Use the tab below to browse recent award winners according to category.

Notable Children's Book Awards

Browse through the tabs above to explore notable children's literature awards and to find recent award winning books. 

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards (AILA) are presented biennially to honor the best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. The awards are honored for several categories including author and illustrator awards for picture books, and awards for different age groups. 

Recent award winners in the picture book category include: 

Recent award winners in the Middle School book category include: 

Every year the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association honors the literary and artistic work of Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, with the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Recent Award winners of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature include:

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award, or Batchelder Award is presented annually by the American Library Association to honor the "most outstanding" children's book that has been translated into English and published in the U.S. This award is given to the publisher of the book in order to encourage and recognize American publishers that translate exceptional foreign language children's books into English. 

Recent Award winners include: 

The Children's Literature Legacy Award (formally the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal) is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to honor authors and illustrators of children's books who have made meaningful and lasting contributions to children's literature. 

Books authored by recent award winners include: 

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented annually to honor African American authors and illustrators of children's books who demonstrate an appreciation for African American culture in their work. The award is named after Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors her for her courage and commitment to peace and racial justice.  

Recent award winners in the author category include: 

2021 Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
2020 New Kid  by  Jerry Craft
2019 A Few Red Drops  by  Claire Hartfield
2018 Piecing Me Together  by  Renée Watson
2017 March Book: Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
2016 Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
2015 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Recent award winners in the illustrator category include: 

2021 R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford
2020 The Undefeated  by  Kwame Alexander; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
2019 The Stuff of Stars  by  Marion Dane Bauer; Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
2018 Out of Wonder  by  Kwame Alexander; Chris Colderley; Marjory Wentworth; Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
2017 Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
2016 Trombone Shorty” by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bill Taylor, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
2015 Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, illustrator 


Recent award winners in the new talent author category include: 

2021 Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
2020 Genesis Begins Again  by  Alicia D. Williams
2019 Monday's Not Coming  by  Tiffany D. Jackson
2018 The Stars Beneath Our Feet  by  David Barclay Moore
2017 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
2016 Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes, illustrator
2016 Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
2015 When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented annually by the American Library Association to honor the author and illustrator of the "most distinguished book for beginning readers" that is published in the United States. This award is named for Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, a prominent children's book author. 

Recent Award winners include: 

The Michael L. Printz Award is presented annually by the American Library Association to honor the best book written for young-adults, according to literary  merit. This award is named after Mike Printz, a school librarian and long time member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. 

Recent award winners include: 

The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the most distinguished American children's book of the previous year. The award is named after John Newbery, an 18th century English bookseller, and the purpose of the Medal, as stated by Frederic Melcher in 1921 is:

"To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."

Recent Newbery Medal Winners include: 


2021:     When You Trap a Tiger  by Tae Keller
      2020: New Kid  by  Jerry Craft
  2019: Merci Suárez Changes Gears  by  Meg Medina
  2018: Hello, Universe  by  Erin Entrada Kelly; Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
  2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon      by Kelly Barnhill
  2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
  2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to honor a Latinx children's book author and illustrator for notable work that portrays the Latino cultural experience. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian in the New York Public Library, who is remembered for her work to enrich the lives of Latino children through her work disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. 

Recent Award winners in the author category include: 

Recent award winners in the illustrator category include: 

The Schneider Family Book Award is presented annually by the American Library Association to honor authors and illustrators of youth literature  for excellent an portrayal of of the disability experience. The award is given out for children's books, middle school book, and young adult readers. This award is named after Dr. Kathrine Schneider, the first blind student to graduate from the Kalamazoo Public School system. 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to honor a writer and illustrator of the best informational book published in the United States in English. The award is named after Robert F. Sibert, the President of Bound to Stay Bond Books Inc. 

Recent medal winners include: 

2021 Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming (Author), Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
2020 Fry Bread  by  Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator); Kevin Noble Maillard
2019 The Girl Who Drew Butterflies  by  Joyce Sidman (Contribution by)
2018 Twelve Days in May  by  Larry Dane Brimner
2017 March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
2016 The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
2015 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Stonewall Book Award is presented annually by the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association to honor "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience" in book published in the U.S. The award includes a category for distinguished children's and young adults (the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award)

Recent award winners include: 

2021 We Are Little Feminists: Families by  Designor: Lindsey Blakely, written by Archaa Shrivastav 
2020 When Aidan Became a Brother  by  Kyle Lukoff; Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
2019 Julián Is a Mermaid  by  Jessica Love (Illustrator)
2018 Little and Lion  by  Brandy Colbert
2017 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
2016 George by Alex Gino
2015 This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to honor outstanding books that portray the Jewish experience.. This award is named after Sydney Taylor an prominent author of children's books featuring Jewish characters. 

Recent award winners include: 

Award Winner Search Database

Looking for something specific? The Database of Award Winning Children's Literature allows you to search for specific award winners by filtering through categories of interest such as the ethnicity or gender of the protagonist, publication year, genre, and age of the reader.