School Library Media Center
Teach with Award Winning Books
Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
- Caldecott Awards Book List: Best Illustrations of the Year (1938–2015)
Named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, this annual award is given to the illustrator chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
- Newbery Awards Book List: Best Stories of the Year (1975–2015)
Named after an 18th century British bookseller, this annual award goes to the author of what the American Library Association deems "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
- Coretta Scott King Awards Book List: Best Authors and Illustrators of African Descent (1990–2015)
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the ALA'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."