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Book Awards

Gryphon Award

Given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.

Caldecott Medal

Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Medal

Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Pura Belpre Award

Presented annually 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.

Sibert Medal

Awarded annually the the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

Geisel Award

Given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Coretta Scott King Awards

Given annually 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.

Empire State Award

Presented by the New York Library Association to a NY State author to honor a body of work which represents excellence in children’s and young adult literature for young people.