American Indian Youth Literature Award
Awarded biennially, the American Indian Youth Literature Award — selected by the American Indian Library Association — identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature honors and recognizes individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit. Biennial awards are given for youth literature, children’s literature, and picture book, in addition to adult fiction and non-fiction.
Coretta Scott King Award
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, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. The Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.
Grateful American Book Prize
The Grateful American™ Book Prize recognizes excellence in writing, storytelling, and illustration for middle-grade non-fiction and historical fiction focused on the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since the country’s founding. The prize was created by author and publisher David Bruce Smith.
National Book Award, Young People’s Literature Winner
The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is given to the best book by an American citizen, published in the United States from December 1 of the previous year to November 30 of the current year. Books are nominated by their publishers, and selected by a 5-member jury.
John Newbery Medal
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.
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
The Michael L. Printz Award awards a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas, 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.
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. The award was named in honor of the first Latina librarian at the New York City Public Library, Pura Belpré.
Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States 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. ALSC administers the award.
Stonewall Book Award
The Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQIA+ experience.
Sydney Taylor Book Award
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are awarded to picture books, middle grade, and young adult.
The Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013), authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and was a three-time National Book Award finalist. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books. The Walter Awards are presented by We Need Diverse Books.